UK and US airstrikes target eight locations in Yemen

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SANA'A – In a joint statement, the UK and US stated that military airstrikes targeted 18 Houthi sites across eight locations in Yemen on Saturday.اضافة اعلان

These targets included underground storage facilities for weapons and missiles, air surveillance systems, radars, and a helicopter, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The US conducts near-daily strikes against the Houthis. This is in retaliation to Houthis commandeering cargo ships related to Israel in solidarity with Palestinians, impacting global trade and increasing shipping costs.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin emphasized that the strikes aim to "continue to disrupt and weaken the capabilities" of the Houthi movement.

"We will continue to make it clear to the Houthis that they will face consequences if they do not cease their unlawful attacks, which harm the economies of the Middle East, cause environmental damage, and hinder the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemen and other countries," Austin further stated.

It is worth noting that Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand supported these airstrikes.

However, these US-UK airstrikes have yet to succeed in halting the Houthi attacks.

A Houthi military source, who remained anonymous, described the renewed airstrikes as a "desperate attempt to prevent Yemen from providing support to the Palestinian people in Gaza."

Meanwhile, Yahya Saree, the military spokesperson for the Houthi movement, stated that the Houthis targeted the oil tanker MV Torm Thor, owned and operated by the US in the Gulf of Aden.

However, the US Central Command reported that the USS Mason (DDG-87) intercepted an anti-ship ballistic missile launched towards the Gulf of Aden from areas under Houthi control. The missile was likely aimed at the oil tanker.

According to the US Central Command's statement, neither the USS Mason nor the oil tanker sustained any damage, and there were no casualties.

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