NewsUS and UK strike 36 Iran-backed Houthi targets in Yemen to safeguard international trade

US and UK strike 36 Iran-backed Houthi targets in Yemen to safeguard international trade

A general view of light shining behind buildings at a neighborhood following strikes in Sana'a, Yemen, 03 February 2024. The US-led coalition has conducted new strikes against Yemen's Houthi positions in the capital Sana'a and others cities under Houthis control in response to increased Houthi attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, Houthis-run al-Masirah TV reported. In January 2024, the US Department of State designated Yemen's Houthis as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist group' due to their increased attacks on shipping lanes. In December 2023, the US Department of Defense announced a multinational operation to safeguard trade and protect ships in the Red Sea in response to the escalation of Houthi attacks. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
A general view of light shining behind buildings at a neighborhood following strikes in Sana'a, Yemen, 03 February 2024. The US-led coalition has conducted new strikes against Yemen's Houthi positions in the capital Sana'a and others cities under Houthis control in response to increased Houthi attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, Houthis-run al-Masirah TV reported. In January 2024, the US Department of State designated Yemen's Houthis as a 'Specially Designated Global Terrorist group' due to their increased attacks on shipping lanes. In December 2023, the US Department of Defense announced a multinational operation to safeguard trade and protect ships in the Red Sea in response to the escalation of Houthi attacks. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB Dostawca: PAP/EPA.
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2:51 AM EST, February 4, 2024

The joint statement confirmed that a fresh series of airstrikes on Houthi positions in Yemen were executed today.

US and British forces struck 36 targets across 13 locations. The American forces utilized over 24 aircraft to carry out the missions, as reported by Sky News.

The governments highlighted that the precise strikes were "proportional and necessary" to disrupt and degrade the Houthi's capacity to threaten international trade.

USA delivers a clear message

US Secretary of Defense and Pentagon chief, Lloyd Austin, stated that the strike was also backed by Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

Austin further said in his statement: "This joint action sends an unequivocal message to the Houthi insurgents that they will bear further consequences if they do not cease illegal attacks on international shipping and warships in the Red Sea. We will not falter in defending lives and the free movement of commerce along one of the world's most vital waterways."

UK Defense Secretary, Grant Shapps, in his statement, asserted: "The Royal Air Force was involved in the third wave of attacks on Houthi military targets in Yemen. We acted in tandem with our US allies, garnering the support of numerous international partners, in the spirit of self-defense and compliance with international law."

Source: Sky News

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