US and UK Conduct Airstrikes on Houthi Targets in Yemen in Response to Red Sea Attacks

The United States and the United Kingdom have launched new airstrikes against Houthi forces in Yemen in response to Houthi strikes on cargo ships in the Red Sea. The attacks were confirmed by unnamed US officials and carried out by jets from the US carrier USS Eisenhower and British jets. This military action follows a prior coordinated strike 10 days earlier, aiming to disrupt Houthi command and control centers as well as drone and missile storage sites.

  • The airstrikes by the US and UK are a response to Houthi attacks on cargo ships bound for Israel, intending to support Palestinians.
  • Unnamed US officials confirmed the involvement of jets from the USS Eisenhower and British jets in the strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.
  • There has been no official confirmation from Downing Street or the UK Ministry of Defence at the time of the report.
  • This is the second occurrence of coordinated action between the US and UK against the Houthis, the first being 10 days prior involving British jets from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.
  • The objective of the airstrikes is to degrade the Houthi’s ability to target merchant shipping with drones and missiles in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
  • Despite earlier strikes, the Houthis have continued their military activities, and the US has also taken unilateral action to destroy imminent missile threats.
  • No other countries besides the US and UK have been involved in this action, partly due to uncertainties about the conflict’s endgame.
  • The situation suggests an ongoing tit-for-tat conflict with the Houthis showing no sign of backing down.

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