Media outlets affiliated with Ansar Allah Houthis said US-British raids were carried out tonight on the Yemeni capital Sanaa, also hitting other cities including Taiz, Hajjah, Dhamar and al-Bayda.
According to Al-Masira TV, the mouthpiece of the Houthi group, US and British forces conducted 11 US raids on areas of Taiz Governorate.
Meanwhile, the United States bombed Iran-linked targets in Yemen, the second day of its apparent retaliation in response to the killing of American soldiers in an attack in Jordan last week, Reuters news agency quoted two US officials as saying. ,
While a US-British statement revealed that raids had been carried out on 36 Houthi targets in 13 locations in Yemen, US officials described tonight's raid as “the next round of retaliation for the killing of soldiers in Jordan”, earlier CNN quoted a senior US administration official as saying that “the strikes against the Houthis are separate from the US response in Iraq and Syria.”
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On the other hand, Muhammad al-Bukaiti, a member of the political bureau of the Ansar Allah Houthi group, said in response to the raid, “We will meet escalation with escalation, and until the aggression against Gaza stops, our The campaign will continue.” ,
Earlier, US Central Command (CENTCOM) on Saturday evening announced the destruction of six anti-ship cruise missiles, which it said belonged to the Houthis and were designed to be launched from Yemen towards the Red Sea Were.
A statement released by CENTCOM said that US forces located these missiles in areas controlled by the Houthis in Yemen (without specifying their location), and decided that they would be a threat to US Navy ships and commercial vessels in the area. represent an imminent danger, and stressed that this measure will protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safe for U.S. naval and merchant vessels.
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Centcom announced on Friday that it had shot down 12 drones in Houthi-controlled areas over the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden in Yemen.
Washington also on Friday struck more than 85 targets in Iraq and Syria that it said were linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Iranian-backed groups, killing about 40 people, according to reports.
In solidarity with Gaza – which has been the victim of Israeli aggression with US support since last October 7 – the Houthis are targeting cargo ships belonging to Israel in the Red Sea, with missiles and drones, causing a negative impact on the movement of shipping Is. Trade and supply.
According to the Anatolia Agency, tensions in the Red Sea have entered a phase of significant escalation since the Houthis directly targeted an American ship on January 9, as they target cargo ships within the framework of solidarity with the Gaza Strip. were making. Operated by Israeli companies or transporting goods to and from Israel.