Attacks in the Red Sea | US-British strikes target Houthis in Yemen

(Washington) The United States and the United Kingdom have carried out strikes on the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have increased attacks on ships in the Red Sea in recent weeks, several American media reported Thursday.

A Houthi military source and witnesses on site also indicated that towns in Yemen were targeted by strikes.

The strikes involved fighter jets and Tomahawk missiles, US media said.

US authorities did not immediately confirm this information.

“We will do what we must do to counter and disarm these threats that the Houthis pose to maritime traffic in the Red Sea,” declared a White House spokesperson, John Kirby, again on Thursday.

The British press, for its part, claims that British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has agreed to strikes.

The leader of Yemen’s rebels, Abdel Malek al-Houthi, threatened Thursday to respond to any American attack in the Red Sea with even “more important” operations than the particularly heavy one dating from Tuesday.

18 drones and three missiles were then shot down by combat planes deployed from the American aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhowerthree American destroyers and a British warship, the HMS Diamond.

International Coalition

The Houthis, close to Iran and who control a large part of Yemen, have increased attacks recently, by missiles and drones, near the strategic Bab el-Mandeb strait separating the Arabian Peninsula from Africa.

They say they are targeting commercial ships they suspect of being linked to Israel, claiming to act in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, the scene of a devastating war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

In response, the United States had already deployed warships and set up an international coalition in December to protect maritime traffic in this area where 12% of world trade passes.

Some shipowners are now bypassing the area, which has increased transport costs between Europe and Asia.

The Red Sea is not, far from it, the only hot spot in the region for the United States, which has firmly supported Israel since the bloody Hamas attack on October 7.

Since October, American forces in Iraq and Syria have been attacked 130 times, according to the Pentagon.

The United States has around 2,500 troops in Iraq, and 900 in Syria, deployed with the aim of preventing a reconstitution of the jihadist group Islamic State.

Last week, the leader of a pro-Iranian faction was killed in Baghdad by an American strike, which aroused the indignation of the Iraqi government, itself supported by parties close to Iran.

The Iraqi Prime Minister subsequently expressed his “firm” determination to put an end to the presence in Iraq of the international anti-jihadist coalition.


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