United States and British forces executed a fresh round of airstrikes in Yemen on Monday, targeting a Houthi underground storage site along with missile and surveillance capabilities utilized by the Iran-aligned group against shipping in the Red Sea, announced the Pentagon.
The precision strikes come in response to the ongoing conflict in Yemen, where Houthi rebels, have been implicated in actions that jeopardize regional stability. The latest operation signals a continuation of international efforts to counter Houthi activities that pose a direct threat to maritime security and broader geopolitical interests. The Houthis have said that their attacks are nothing but in solidarity with the people of Palestine as Israel strikes Gaza.
The Houthi rebels have attacked and disrupted global shipping and installed fears of global inflation. The rebel group has also intensified the concern that the fallout from the war between Israel and Gaza could destabilize the situation in the Middle East.
In response to the strikes, the Houthis have restated their position, stating that their attacks are in solidarity with Palestinians in the face of Israeli actions in Gaza. This linkage between events in Yemen and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict emphasizes the complex web of regional dynamics.
According to a joint statement signed by the six countries, strikes were carried out by the British forces and the United States at eight different locations in Yemen, with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands. A senior military official of the United States on condition of anonymity stated that roughly 25 to 30 munitions were fired from warplanes launched from a U.S. aircraft carrier. As stated by the officials of the United States, the strikes that had been carried out so far have degraded the ability to carry out complex attacks of the Houthis. But they have not offered any particular figure such as several missiles, radar, drones, or other military capabilities that have been destroyed so far.
The U.S. military official stated to the Pentagon reporters, “We are having the intended effect.” Grant Shapps the British Defense Minister stated that the recent strikes were conducted in self-defense. The British Defense Minister also added by saying, “This action will deal another blow to their limited stockpiles and ability to threaten global trade.”