The United States and the United Kingdom have initiated missile attacks on Houthi targets located in Yemen.

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On Saturday, the US and UK conducted attacks on 18 Houthi targets in Yemen, including weapons and missile storage facilities located underground. This was part of ongoing efforts to combat the Iran-affiliated group, which has been responsible for ongoing attacks on ships in the region.

According to officials, the attacks targeted Houthi locations at eight different sites, as well as air defense systems, radars, and a helicopter.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), on Saturday February 24th, four Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s and two Voyager tankers took part in a planned coalition attack on Houthi military facilities in Yemen. These facilities were responsible for launching missile and drone attacks on commercial ships and coalition naval forces in the Bab al-Mandab, southern Red Sea, and Gulf of Aden. The RAF aircraft were assigned to target multiple locations at two separate sites.

“Through intelligence analysis, it was determined that the Houthis were utilizing long-range drones for reconnaissance and attack purposes at a former surface-to-air missile site located several miles northeast of Sana’a.”

Our planes utilized Paveway IV bombs to target the drones and their launchers, despite the Houthis’ efforts to shield them with outdated missile battery revetments.

The Ministry of Defense stated that they also targeted other buildings in Bani, a location in north-western Yemen, which were involved in drone and missile activities. These buildings were confirmed to be involved and were included in the recent strike.

Technicians load weapons to the RAF aircraft ahead of the strikes on Saturday.View image in fullscreen

The United States and the United Kingdom, along with assistance from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, carried out targeted strikes deemed “appropriate and proportional” in order to disrupt and diminish the Houthis’ abilities to endanger international trade, naval ships, and the safety of innocent sailors in a highly significant water passage.

The statement stated: “Our goal is still to reduce tensions and bring back stability in the Red Sea region. However, we want to remind the Houthi leaders that we will not hesitate to protect lives and maintain the smooth flow of trade against any ongoing threats.”

The UK’s Secretary of Defence, Grant Shapps, stated on X: “It is our responsibility to safeguard lives at sea and uphold the right to navigate freely. This is why the Royal Air Force conducted a fourth series of precise attacks on Houthi military objectives in Yemen.”

“We worked with our partners to continue weakening Houthi drones and launchers used in their threatening attacks. I express my gratitude to the courageous British personnel who participated in this mission.”

Lloyd Austin, the US Secretary of Defense, stated that consequences will be faced by the Houthis if they continue their unlawful attacks. These attacks not only harm economies in the Middle East, but also cause environmental damage and impede the delivery of aid to Yemen and other nations.

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RAF Typhoon FGR4 and an RAF Voyager take off to conduct the strikes against Houthi targets.

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The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations agency has been informed of an occurrence 70 nautical miles to the east of the port of Djibouti, located on the Horn of Africa. Authorities are currently looking into the matter.

During a broadcasted statement, Yahya Sarea, the military representative for the rebel group, announced that the Houthis attacked the MV Torm Thor, an oil tanker under US ownership and operation in the Gulf of Aden.

Since November, merchant ships in the north-western region of Yemen have been under attack by the Houthis, who are backed by Iran.

According to them, their assaults are a display of solidarity with Palestinians in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.


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