By JON GAMBRELL
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels have fired their largest-ever barrage of drones and missiles targeting shipping in the Red Sea, forcing the United States and British navies to shoot down the projectiles in a major naval engagement. The attack by the Iranian-backed Houthis came despite a planned United Nations Security Council vote later Wednesday to potentially condemn such actions. The proposal would also demand an immediate halt to attacks by Houthis, who say their assaults are aimed at stopping Israel’s war on Hamas in Gaza. However, their targets increasingly have little connection to Israel. The violence imperils a crucial trade route linking Asia and the Middle East to Europe, raising the risk of a U.S. retaliatory strike on Yemen.