The United States and Britain have launched massive attacks targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen. Yemeni capital Sanaa, the Red Sea port, Dhamar and Houthi strongholds in the northwestern region were reported to have been attacked by the armies of the two countries on Thursday local time. British media BBC reported this information.
The Houthi rebel group has been attacking commercial ships bound for Israel through the Red Sea since the start of a brutal Israeli offensive on Gaza in October last year. In response to those attacks, America and Britain launched a direct attack.
US President Joe Biden said that the Houthis have been attacking commercial ships in the Red Sea since last November. This attack was carried out in response to their attack. The US President also said that the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and Bahrain are providing assistance.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that British Royal Police warplanes are helping to attack Houthi installations.
Houthi rebels also reacted strongly after this attack. They said, America and Britain will have to pay a huge price for this.
A US official told the BBC that the attacks targeted Houthi weapons depots and command centers. He said, bombings were carried out targeting the military installations of the Houthis. In addition, powerful Tomahawk cruise missiles are launched from the ship. Besides, warplanes have also been used in this attack.
Before this, last Tuesday night, the Houthi rebels carried out the largest ever attack on a commercial ship in the Red Sea. At least 50 commercial ships were damaged in the attack, US officials said. In effect, the Houthi rebels and the US task force are facing each other in the Red Sea. The fierce fighting began at a time when US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is on a Middle East tour to end the war in Gaza.
American media CNN reported that the British forces destroyed 21 drones and missiles launched by the Houthis. On the other hand, the US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said they destroyed 18 Houthi drones in the southern Red Sea. Apart from this, British forces and CENTCOM jointly destroyed two anti-ship cruise missiles and one ballistic missile.
The Red Sea is an important link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. It is essentially the shortest trade route between Europe and Asia.