US Withdraws Aircraft Carrier Eisenhower from Red Sea

Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (AFP)
Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (AFP)
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US Withdraws Aircraft Carrier Eisenhower from Red Sea

Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (AFP)
Aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (AFP)

The US military said it has withdrawn aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower from the Red Sea following a deployment lasting several months in response to the large-scale attack on Israel by the Palestinian Hamas Movement.

The US Regional Command for the Middle East (Centcom) said on Saturday that the carrier and its strike group are on their way back to the US.

The Eisenhower will be replaced by the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its convoy, which the US military said is still in the Indo-Pacific and is scheduled to arrive to the Middle East next week.

Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said that for more than seven months, the Eisenhower and its convoy protected ships traveling through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden and was involved in the rescue of sailors and in deterring the Houthi militia in Yemen.

The Houthis have been targeting ships bound for Israeli ports or those owned by Israeli companies in the Red and Arabian seas and Indian Ocean for months, in what they say is retaliation for Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip.

The militia also attacked US and British ships off Yemen after the two countries began launching strikes on areas under the group’s control.

The United States, Britain and other Western countries have launched operations to protect ships in the region.



China's Xi Urges All-out Rescue Efforts after Deadly Highway Bridge Collapse

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a collapsed bridge is seen in Zhashui County in Shangluo City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Saturday, July 20, 2024. (Xinhua via AP)
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a collapsed bridge is seen in Zhashui County in Shangluo City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Saturday, July 20, 2024. (Xinhua via AP)
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China's Xi Urges All-out Rescue Efforts after Deadly Highway Bridge Collapse

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a collapsed bridge is seen in Zhashui County in Shangluo City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Saturday, July 20, 2024. (Xinhua via AP)
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a collapsed bridge is seen in Zhashui County in Shangluo City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Saturday, July 20, 2024. (Xinhua via AP)

President Xi Jinping urged all-out rescue efforts after a highway bridge collapse on Friday in Shaanxi province in China's northwest killed 11 people, state media reported on Saturday.

The incident occurred at 8:40 p.m. in Shangluo city on Friday when a highway bridge collapsed due to a flash flood, causing some vehicles to fall into the river.

As of 10 a.m. on Saturday, five vehicles were confirmed to have fallen into the water and 30 people were reported missing, state media said.

Xi said China is in a critical period for flood control and local governments must take responsibility to enhance monitoring and early warning.

A photo released by the official Xinhua News Agency showed a section of the bridge snapped and folded down at almost a 90-degree angle into the rushing brown water below.

China's national fire and rescue authority said on Saturday it had dispatched a rescue team to the site that included 859 people, 90 vehicles, 20 boats and 41 drones.

China's western and southwestern provinces are particularly prone to flooding and landslides due to their mountainous landscapes and the powerful rivers that run through them. Mining, tourism and rising urbanization have also disturbed a precarious balance with the natural environment that had been sustained over thousands of years.