Pentagon: US launches five new strikes on Houthi weapons systems 

Pentagon: US launches five new strikes on Houthi weapons systems 
Pentagon: US launches five new strikes on Houthi weapons systems 

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - A handout picture released by the US Central Command (Centcom) on February 15, 2024, shows a US navy cutter next to a vessel reportedly carrying a shipment of Iranian weapons destined for Yemen’s Houthi rebels which was seized on January 28 ― AFP pic

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 — US forces in the Red Sea have “successfully conducted five self-defence strikes” to foil attacks by land and sea from Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen, the Pentagon said yesterday.

The strikes occurred on 3pm and 8pm Sanaa time (1200 and 1700 GMT), the US military said, and are part of a series of actions taken by the United States and its allies against the Houthis, aimed at halting the Iran-backed rebels’ repeated attacks on Red Sea shipping lanes.

The five strikes included targeting “the first observed Houthi employment of a UUV (unmanned underwater vessel) since attacks began” in October, according to a statement from the US Central Command.

Another of the five involved an unmanned surface vessel, or USV, essentially a floating drone. The use of such vessels has been comparatively rare.

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The other three involved anti-ship cruise missiles, the statement said.

“Centcom identified the anti-ship cruise missiles, unmanned underwater vessel, and the unmanned surface vessel in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined they presented an imminent threat to US Navy ships and merchant vessels in the region,” it said, adding that it struck the five to “make international waters safer.”

The Houthis, who control much of war-torn Yemen including the port of Hodeida, began their attacks in November, saying they were hitting Israel-linked vessels in support of Palestinians in Gaza, which has been ravaged by the Israel-Hamas war.

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US and British forces have responded with strikes against the Houthis, who have since declared the two countries’ interests to be legitimate targets as well.

The Red Sea attacks have raised insurance premiums for shipping companies, forcing many to avoid the Red Sea, a vital route that normally carries about 12 per cent of global maritime trade. — AFP

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