US & UK Fighter Jets Strike Houthi Targets in Yemen

In a significant response to ongoing threats to international maritime vessels in the Red Sea, the United States and the United Kingdom jointly launched military strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen. The strikes came after repeated warnings from the Biden administration and its allies regarding the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group’s attacks on commercial shipping.

US President Joe Biden, in a statement released by the White House, declared that the strikes were a direct response to “unprecedented Houthi attacks against international maritime vessels in the Red Sea.” The operation, carried out with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands, aimed to protect freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most crucial waterways.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak labeled the strikes as an act of “self-defense,” emphasizing the goal of de-escalating tensions and restoring stability to the region. The military action targeted over 60 Houthi locations, employing more than 100 precision-guided munitions, including strikes on command and control nodes, munitions depots, production facilities, and air defense radar systems.

US Air Forces Central Commander Lt. Gen. Alex Grynkewich reported that the strikes also included 12 additional locations, chosen to degrade Houthi capabilities in continuing their attacks on vessels in the Red Sea. The military campaign, utilizing fighter jets and Tomahawk missiles, represents the first known US strike against the Houthis in Yemen.

The international community has expressed growing alarm over the threat to one of the world’s most critical waterways. While the US had initially sought to avoid direct strikes on Yemen to prevent escalation, ongoing Houthi attacks on international shipping prompted the coalition to take action.

Despite condemnation from several leaders across the Middle East, the Houthi rebel group vowed that the airstrikes would not deter further attacks on shipping. The strikes have raised concerns about a potential escalation of conflict in the region, with the Houthis declaring all US and British assets as “legitimate targets” in response to the military intervention.

As tensions escalate, the situation remains fluid, and the international community is closely monitoring developments in Yemen, amid fears of retaliatory actions and potential consequences on regional stability.

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