New attacks against the Houthis in Yemen are launched by the US and UK

A new round of coordinated airstrikes by the US and UK has been launched on Houthi targets in Yemen. According to the Pentagon, eight targets were hit on Monday by the attacks, including a Houthi missile and observation system as well as an underground storage facility. The Houthis, who are supported by Iran, have been pursuing ships they claim are connected to Israel and the West and that pass through the crucial Red Sea commerce route. Said to be attempting to preserve the “free flow of commerce” were the US and the UK. “An additional round of proportionate and necessary strikes” against the Houthis was verified by a joint Pentagon statement.

The statement went on to say: “Our aim remains to de-escalate tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea, but let us reiterate our warning to Houthi leadership: we will not hesitate to defend lives and the free flow of commerce in one of the world’s most critical waterways in the face of continued threats.” The US has now attacked Houthi sites in Yemen eight times. This is the second cooperative action with the UK following coordinated attacks that were executed on January 11.

Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands reportedly supported the strikes, according to the joint statement. The strikes on Monday were carried out by US fighter planes from the USS Eisenhower carrier. The US military has four RAF Typhoons and two Voyager tankers supporting them, according to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). “Our aircraft struck many targets at two military locations near Sanaa airfield with Paveway IV precision guided bombs. The MoD claimed that these areas were being used to facilitate the outrageous attacks against international commerce that were still occurring in the Red Sea.

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