The US and Britain launch new attacks on Houthi targets in Yemen

2024-02-25 09:51:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
The US and Britain launch new attacks on Houthi targets in Yemen
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The United States (US) and Great Britain carried out strikes on 18 Houthi rebel group targets in Yemen late Saturday in response to an increase in attacks by the Iran-backed militia on ships in the Red Sea and in the Gulf of Aden.

US and British warplanes struck targets in eight locations, targeting Houthi missiles, rocket launchers, drones and air defense systems, according to US officials.

This is the fourth time the US and Britain have carried out joint strikes against Houthi targets since January 12.

But the United States has launched almost daily attacks against the militia, which controls the most populated parts of Yemen and has said it is carrying out attacks on commercial ships in support of the Palestinians during Israel's war on the Gaza Strip.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the United States "will not hesitate to take action, if necessary, to protect people and the free movement of goods on one of the world's most important waterways."

"We will continue to make it clear to the Houthis that they will face consequences if they do not stop the illegal attacks," he added.

These attacks are supported by a wider coalition, which includes Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

US President Joe Biden and other senior leaders have repeatedly warned that the United States will not tolerate Houthi attacks on merchant ships.

However, these counterattacks do not seem to have deterred the rebel group in its campaign against trade in the region.

Houthi rebels have carried out at least 57 attacks on commercial and military ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden since November 19, and have stepped up the pace in recent days.

"Obviously, in the last 48 hours, we've seen an increase in attacks by Houthis," Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said Thursday. And she admitted that the Huths have not retreated./ REL

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