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US attacks Houthi targets in Yemen for the sixth time

President Biden promised that airstrikes would continue until the terrorist organization stopped threatening shipping in the Red Sea.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) transits the Suez Canal, Oct. 18, 2023. Carney is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to help ensure maritime security and stability in the Middle East region.

(U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Lau)

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The United States bombed Houthi positions in Yemen this Friday, less than 24 hours after its last attack against targets of the terrorist group.

"On Jan. 19 at approximately 6:45 p.m. (Sanaa time), U.S. Central Command forces conducted strikes against three Houthi anti-ship missiles that were aimed into the Southern Red Sea and were prepared to launch," CENTCOM reported on social media. "This action will make international waters safe and secure for U.S. navy vessels and merchant vessels."

This is the sixth attack against Houthi war infrastructure. A little over a week ago, the military bombed the Yemeni militia, which had been attacking merchant ships in the Red Sea since November. Yemeni spokesmen explained that they were targeting ships linked to Israel, as a show of support for Hamas. Despite these claims, the Israeli link to all the affected vessels has not been proven.

In an interview with Reuters, Spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam stated that they would respond to U.S. attacks: "Now, when America joined in and escalated the situation further, there is no doubt that Yemen will respond." American ships have previously been attacked by the Houthis.

On Thursday, President Biden announced that the airstrikes would continue until the terrorist organization stopped threatening shipping in the Red Sea. That same day, the vice president of the Yemeni Presidential Council, Aidarus al-Zubaidi, asked the United States and the United Kingdom for help carrying out a ground military operation: "Strong strikes without ground operations are useless," he said in statements. collected by AFP. "Ground forces must be supported on the ground, and these forces belong to the legitimate government."