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US forces strike Houthi sites in Yemen as Biden says allied action hasn’t yet stopped ship attacks

Fifth Strike by the U.S. on Houthi

The fifth strike against Iranian-backed Houthi rebel military sites in Yemen was conducted by the U.S. forces. The militants’ attacks on vessels in the Red Sea have disrupted global shipping and President Joe Biden acknowledged that the American and British bombardment needs to be stopped.

The U.S. Central Command said in a statement posted to X that the latest strike led to the destruction of two Houthi anti-ship missiles that were originally aimed at the southern Red Sea and prepared to launch. The Pentagon reported that the missiles were conducted by Navy F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

U.S. plans on continuing

The U.S. is planning to continue the strikes. However, so far they have not put a stop to the Houthis from continuing to harass commercial and military vessels.

Before departing the White House Biden made a statement to attend a domestic policy speech in North Carolina. He said “When you say working, are they stopping the Houthis, no. Are they going to continue, yes.”

Press statement given by Biden

After Biden spoke and gave the press statement, Houthi Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree stated in a prerecorded statement that another missile attack was initiated by them against the Marshall Islands-flagged U.S.-owned cargo ship Chem Ranger. The attack took place in the Gulf of Aden that are the waters just south of Yemen.

However, the ship was not affected because of the attack. The missiles impacted the water near the ship as observed by the crew.

The U.S. along with international partners has been driven to take extraordinary steps to defend them through a joint mission named Operation Prosperity Guardian because of the continued harassment.

U.S. and British militaries decides to knock out missile sites

In this operation, the consortium is making efforts to create a protective umbrella for the vessels by intercepting any missiles or drones that target them. This has led the U.S. and British militaries to make decisions to knock out missile sites, radars, and air defense systems so that Houthis’ ability to attack can be tamped down.

The U.S. military fired another wave of ships on Wednesday. The submarine-launch missile strikes against 14 Houthi-controlled sites were initiated. On the same day, Houthis were put back on its list of specially designated global terrorists by the administration.

A large-scale operation was carried out on Friday by the U.S. and British warships and warplanes, despite sanctions and military strikes. They have hit more than 60 targets across Yemen. Iran has been strongly warned by the U.S. to cease providing weapons to the Houthis.

The attacks on the ships in the Red Sea have been carried out by Houthis for months. The ships, as they say, are either linked to Israel or heading to Israeli ports. They have even claimed that these attacks have the aim of ending the Israeli air-and-ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. It was triggered by the Palestinian militant group Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack in southern Israel.

Questions are being raised after the attack as to whether the conflict between Israel and Hamas has already expanded into a wider regional war.

“We don’t seek war, we don’t think we are at war. We don’t want to see a regional war,” Singh said.

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