US and UK Conduct Strikes on Houthi Targets in Yemen Following Increased Attacks on Shipping

In a series of coordinated strikes, US and UK forces have targeted Houthi-controlled sites in Yemen in response to increasing attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea. The strikes aimed to degrade Houthi capabilities, hitting over 60 targets at 16 locations, including command and control centers, munitions depots, and air defense systems. The Houthi military spokesman warned of retaliation, while Iran condemned the strikes as a violation of Yemen’s territorial integrity. The Houthis, a Shiite Muslim minority group backed by Iran, control significant parts of Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa. The US and UK actions were described as self-defense and a protection of global trade, whereas the Houthis link their actions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will address Parliament about the strikes on Monday.

  • US and UK forces conducted airstrikes against Houthi-controlled sites in Yemen.
  • Over 60 targets at 16 locations were hit, aiming to degrade Houthi military capabilities.
  • Houthis vowed retaliation following the strikes, with a military spokesman emphasizing support for Palestinians and threats to Red Sea shipping.
  • The United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force participated with Typhoon warplanes, while Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, and Bahrain provided support.
  • The Houthis, supported by Iran, have control over areas where the majority of Yemen’s population lives, including the capital Sanaa.
  • Iran has been accused of supplying the Houthis with weapons and intelligence to target ships.
  • Yemen’s government, backed by a coalition of Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, has been in a civil war with the Houthis since 2014.
  • The UK PM Rishi Sunak justified the strikes as necessary, proportionate, and in self-defense, in light of the Houthi attacks on commercial shipping and a British warship.
  • Sunak is set to make a full statement to Parliament regarding the military action on Monday.
  • A UN Security Council resolution condemned Houthi attacks on shipping, and no member state vetoed the resolution.
  • Opposition parties in the UK, including the Labour Party, are generally supportive but have called for a statement and explanation from the Prime Minister.

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