U.S. Continues to Strike Houthis in Yemen
Tensions continue to escalate in the Red Sea and the U.S. preemptively struck Houthi targets this week.
From The Epoch Times. U.S. armed forces carried out seven “self-defense strikes” against Houthi targets in Yemen on Feb. 8, as the Iranian-backed group renewed its attacks on ships in the Red Sea.
The strikes targeted four Houthi unmanned surface vessels and seven mobile anti-ship cruise missiles that were prepared for launch against ships in the Red Sea, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement.
CENTCOM said the missiles were identified in Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. The strikes were launched as the missiles “presented an imminent threat to U.S. Navy ships and merchant vessels in the region.” …
These strikes came just a day after Houthi fighters launched missiles at two ships—one British and one American—traversing the Red Sea near Yemen’s port city of Al Hodeidah on Feb. 6.
According to the UK Maritime Trade Operations agency, a UK-owned, Barbados-flagged cargo vessel sustained “slight damage” after coming under fire off Yemen’s west coast.
No deaths or injuries have been reported, while it remains unclear whether a second U.S.-owned vessel sustained any damage in the attack.
The Iranian-backed group has vowed to wage additional “self-defensive” actions after U.S. and UK forces carried out wide-ranging strikes against 36 Houthi targets across Yemen. …
The Houthis, for their part, had warned that the strikes would “not go without a response.” They have conducted a campaign of terror against commercial shipping in the Red Sea in recent months, causing disruptions to global supply chains.
They said the attacks are a legitimate response to an ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip that has left thousands of Palestinian civilians dead. …
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(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
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