June 25th, 2024

US and Britain strike Houthi rebel targets in Yemen after surge in shipping attacks

By Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press on May 30, 2024.

In this undated photo provided by the Etat Major des Armees on Thursday, May 30, 2024, a view of the Laax, a Greek-owned, Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier that came under attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels earlier this week, carrying cargo of grain bound for Iran, the group's main benefactor, authorities said Thursday. (Etat Major des Armees via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. and Britain struck 13 Houthi targets in several locations in Yemen on Thursday in response to a recent surge in attacks by the Iran-backed militia group on ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, three U.S. officials said.

According to the officials, American and British fighter jets and U.S. ships hit a wide range of underground facilities, missile launchers, command and control sites, a Houthi vessel and other facilities. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide early details of an ongoing military operation.

Also struck were eight uncrewed aerial vehicles in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen that were determined to be presenting a threat to U.S. and coalition forces.

The strikes come a day after a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone went down in Yemen, and the Houthis released footage they said showed the aircraft being targeted with a surface-to-air missile in a desert region of Yemen’s central Marib province. It marked the third such downing this month alone.

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