US strikes Houthi fighters again amid continued attacks on ships - MilectoUS strikes Houthi fighters again amid continued attacks on ships - Milecto

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Officials said on Wednesday that the US had launched a retaliation strike against Houthi targets in Yemen in response to the group’s continued attacks on foreign ships in the area.

According to the Houthi state media and the Sanaa-Saba news agency, the U.S. strikes happened in five places in Yemen. They were said to have targeted the governorates of Hodeidah, Taiz, Dhamar, Bayda, and Saada.

According to a statement released by CENTCOM on Wednesday night, the attack was mainly aimed at 14 Houthi missiles that came from Iran and were said to be loaded and ready to be launched in areas of Yemen controlled by the Houthi rebels.

The statement emphasised that the missiles, which were positioned on launch rails, constituted an urgent threat to commercial boats and US Navy ships in the vicinity, with the possibility of an imminent fire. In response to this perceived danger, US soldiers decided it was essential to use their inherent right and responsibility to self-defense, which resulted in the retaliatory attack.

U.S. sources said that the attack entailed the deployment of Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from both surface ships and a US Navy submarine.

Houthi state media pointed fingers at the U.S. and the U.K., holding them responsible for the recent attacks. It’s worth noting that, as of now, only the U.S. has acknowledged its involvement in the strike.

The strike on Wednesday followed an earlier incident where a drone from the Houthi-controlled area in Yemen targeted a U.S.-flagged carrier ship in the Gulf of Aden, as confirmed by U.S. Central Command. According to CENTCOM and the shipping company, Genco Shipping, the bulk carrier ship, the M/V Genco Picardy, remains seaworthy despite sustaining some damage, and fortunately, there were no reported injuries.

Genco Shipping confirmed the incident, stating that the vessel, carrying phosphate rock cargo, sustained limited damage to its gangway. The crew confirmed the ship’s stability, and it continues its course out of the area. The company and crew are maintaining close communication with relevant authorities.

In response to the broader issue of preventing Iran-backed Houthi militants from disrupting crucial Middle Eastern shipping lanes, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Wednesday that the U.S. would once again designate the Yemeni rebel group as a terrorist organization. The State Department argues that this move will enhance the U.S.’s ability to effectively curb the group’s access to financial support.

Blinken said that the limits and punishments that come with the title wouldn’t start for another month. He said that this delay was planned on purpose so that food and other necessary goods could continue to get to people in Yemen as smoothly as possible.

It was important for Blinken to stress in a statement that the Houthis should be held accountable for their actions, but that this should not hurt people in Yemen. He said, “While moving ahead with this designation, the Department of State is taking substantial measures to lessen any negative impact it might have on the people of Yemen.” Blinken also said that the US might rethink this designation if the Houthis discontinued their assaults on marine trade in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. He went on to say, “Should the Houthis halt their assaults in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, the United States will reconsider this classification.”

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