In a statement, the U.S. military stated that it conducted more strikes in Yemen early on Wednesday, destroying two Houthi anti-ship missiles that were headed toward the Red Sea and getting ready to launch.
Following a more extensive wave of strikes a day earlier, the U.S. strikes occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. (23:30 GMT) and are the most recent against the organization backed by Iran due to its targeting of Red Sea vessels.
The Houthis, who rule over the most populated areas of Yemen, have declared their support for the Palestinian people in the wake of Israel’s attacks on Gaza. The attacks have hampered international shipping and increased worries that the Middle East could become unstable due to the impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict.
The U.S. military’s Central Command released a statement saying, “U.S. forces identified the missiles in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined that they presented an imminent threat to merchant vessels and the U.S. Navy ships in the region.”
“In self-defense, U.S. forces struck and destroyed the missiles later.”
The Pentagon claims that more than twenty missiles and more than twenty missile launch and deployment facilities have been destroyed or damaged since the United States began bombing Houthi military positions in Yemen on January 11.
It claims to have also hit military storage facilities, coastal radar, drones, and Houthi air surveillance capabilities.
At a press briefing on Tuesday, Pentagon spokesperson Major General Patrick Ryder stated, “We have been very focused on targeting the kinds of things that they’ve been employing or using to conduct attacks against international shipping and mariners, and that will continue to be our focus.”
Ryder pointed out that January 18 was the final Houthi attack, indicating that the strikes were having an effect.
He declared, “Since then, we have carried out multiple self-defense strikes when there was an impending threat or an expected launch.”
Experts argue that while Biden’s new approach to Yemen seeks to destabilize the Houthi rebels, it does not attempt to overthrow the organization or go head-to-head with Iran, which is the Houthis’ principal backer.
The plan, which combines sanctions and limited military action, seems to be intended to penalize the Houthis while lowering the likelihood of a larger Middle East confrontation.
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