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United States Military Action Continues in Yemen as Biden Stresses Pressure on Houthis

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The United States launched a second strike on Yemen’s Houthi troops, targeting a radar site to protect ships in the Red Sea, building on previous raids by the US and UK on Houthi infrastructure.

The radar installations have been a focal point in the US military’s strategy to counter Houthi attacks in the Red Sea.

Reports from Al-Masirah, the television channel linked to the Houthi movement, indicated ongoing military operations conducted by the United States and the United Kingdom in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. 

The strikes add to growing concerns about a regional conflict escalation, with US and British warplanes, ships, and submarines launching missiles against Houthi-controlled targets across Yemen.

President Joe Biden, expressing worry over Houthi attacks on merchant and military vessels in crucial waterways, warned of potential further strikes if such actions persist. Witnesses reported explosions near military bases in Sanaa, Taiz, Hodeidah, and the coastal Hajjah governorate.

United States Stance on Houthis

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The United States launched a second strike on Yemen’s Houthi troops, targeting a radar site to protect ships in the Red Sea, building on previous raids by the US and UK on Houthi infrastructure.

White House spokesperson John Kirby clarified that the strikes aimed to diminish the Houthis’ capability to store, launch, and guide missiles or drones, thus reducing the threat to Red Sea shipping. 

The Pentagon claimed the assault significantly hampered the Houthis’ ability to launch fresh attacks, targeting 60 sites in 28 locations. Despite the US removing the Houthis from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2021, President Biden labeled them as terrorists. 

The strikes received support from allies such as the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, and Bahrain, while Germany, Denmark, New Zealand, and South Korea backed the attacks through a joint statement. Italy, Spain, and France, however, chose not to participate, fearing a broader escalation.

Iran, accused by a senior United States official of supporting the Houthis with military capabilities and intelligence, condemned the strikes. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian called on the White House to cease its comprehensive military and security cooperation with Israel for regional security.

Houthi attacks have already disrupted global shipping, leading to vessels taking longer routes and raising concerns about inflation and supply chain disruptions. Container shipping rates for key global routes have surged in response to the escalating tensions.

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