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Red sea tensions continue: US and UK strike Houthi targets

The U.S. and Britain struck 13 Houthi targets in several locations in Yemen yesterday in response to a recent surge in attacks by the Iran-backed militia group on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

The American and British fighter jets and U.S. ships hit a wide range of underground facilities, missile launchers, command and control sites, a Houthi vessel and other facilities. Also struck were eight uncrewed aerial vehicles in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen that were determined to be presenting a threat to American and coalition forces.

According to Houthi media, the airstrikes killed at least 16 people and wounded 35 others.

The coalition strikes comes after a U.S MQ-9 Reaper drone went down in Yemen after being targeted with a surface-to-air missile in the central province of Marib. This was the third such downing in May alone.

Houthis said that they have launched a missile attack on a United States aircraft carrier in the Red Sea in response to attacks.

“The American-British aggression will not prevent us from continuing our military operations in support of Palestine,” Houthi official Mohammed al-Bukhaiti said on X, warning that the rebels would “meet escalation with escalation”.

The Houthis have claimed attacks on the aircraft carrier in the past that were later denied by the Pentagon. A U.S. defense official said Friday that there were no reports of an attack on the Eisenhower.

Source: WCYS with agencies.
Photo: USS Eisenhower (Archival), Source: U.S Navy.

 

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