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US And Britain Strikes On Houthi Sites In Yemen Answer Militants’ Outpour In Red Sea Attacks On Ships

The airstrikes were carried out by U.S. F/A-18 fighter jets deployed from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier, currently positioned in the Red Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized the nation's commitment to defending lives and ensuring unimpeded maritime trade in critical waterways.

Edited By : simran rajpal | Updated: Feb 25, 2024 10:48 IST
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US And Britain Strikes On Houthi Sites In Yemen
US And Britain Strikes On Houthi Sites In Yemen

According to U.S. officials, fighter jets from the United States and the United Kingdom have struck targets in eight locations, aiming at various weapons and defense systems belonging to the Houthis in Yemen. This marks the fourth joint operation between the U.S. and the UK against the Houthis since January 12. Additionally, the U.S. has been conducting frequent strikes to counter Houthi threats, such as incoming missiles and drones targeting ships, as well as prepped weaponry.

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Airstrikes Were Carried Out In Yemen

The airstrikes were carried out by U.S. F/A-18 fighter jets deployed from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier, currently positioned in the Red Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized the nation’s commitment to defending lives and ensuring unimpeded maritime trade in critical waterways. The Houthis condemned the military action by the U.S. and the UK, pledging to respond with further military operations in defense of their country and people in the Red and Arabian Seas.

In a joint statement, the United States, United Kingdom, and their allies declared that they conducted “necessary and proportionate strikes,” specifically targeting 18 Houthi objectives spread across 8 locations in Yemen. These targets encompassed underground storage facilities, radar installations, and a helicopter. Grant Shapps, the UK’s Defence Secretary, announced that RAF Typhoon jets participated in “precision strikes” aimed at degrading Houthi drones and launchers.

Shapps highlighted the rationale behind these strikes, citing severe Houthi assaults on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, including attacks on the British-owned MV Islander and the MV Rubymar, which necessitated crew evacuation. This marks the fourth instance of Britain’s involvement in the US-led strikes. The coalition’s actions have garnered support from a broader coalition, which includes Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

United States Said They Won’t Tolerate Any Houthi Attacks 

President Joe Biden and other high-ranking officials have repeatedly emphasized that the United States will not tolerate Houthi attacks on commercial shipping. However, these retaliatory strikes have not appeared to diminish the Houthis’ ongoing campaign against shipping in the region. The militants justify their actions as a response to Israel’s conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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First published on: Feb 25, 2024 10:43 AM IST

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