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US launches new offensive against Houthis in Yemen

US launches new offensive against Houthis in Yemen

Demonstrations in the Yemeni capital Sana'a on Friday in reaction to the first round of strikes against Houthi rebels led by the United States and the United Kingdom.
Houthi Media Center / Reuters

Washington wants to reduce the rebels' ability to attack merchant ships crossing the Red Sea.

The U.S. military launched a series of additional strikes against the Houthis in Yemen on Friday, Jan. 12, a day after launching the first strikes on nearly 30 bases in the country in the southern Arabian Peninsula, two U.S. officials told Reuters. The US hopes to reduce the rebels' ability to attack merchant ships crossing the Red Sea. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to provide additional details. Yemeni rebel channel Al-Masira confirmed the new attacks on Saturday morning.

Early on Friday, US and British strikes targeted military bases of the Houthis, who control large swaths of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, rekindling fears of a regional war in Gaza fueled by an offensive by the Palestinian Islamist. Hamas movement on Israeli soil on October 7.

US President Joe Biden has threatened to attack rebel positions in the Red Sea if the Houthis do not stop firing. Houthi rebels on Friday threatened to attack the interests of the two countries in retaliation for strikes by the United States and the United Kingdom in Yemen. “Legitimate Goals”. However, after British and American strikes on Friday, the Houthis returned fire “At least one missile” However, the US military said before the strikes on Saturday morning that it had not hit any ships.

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