US and UK carried out airstrike against Houthi
In response to Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea, the United States and Britain carried out airstrikes from air and sea against Houthi military targets in Yemen. This marked a significant expansion of the conflict, intertwining with the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in Gaza.
Witnesses in Yemen reported explosions across the country, confirming the airstrikes. President Joe Biden, in a statement on Thursday, emphasized that these targeted strikes send a clear message that the U.S. and its allies will not tolerate attacks on their personnel or any threats to the freedom of navigation.
The British Ministry of Defense stated that early signs indicate a setback to the Houthi ability to threaten merchant shipping. President Biden warned that further action would be taken if necessary.
Despite being in the hospital due to surgery complications, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin released a statement explaining that the strikes aimed at disrupting Houthi capabilities, including drones, ballistic and cruise missiles, coastal radar, and air surveillance. The coordinated military response underscores the commitment to safeguarding security and deterring hostile actions in the region.