London January 12th, 2024
The US and Britain launched attacks on Houthi positions in Yemen after the militants defied a warning not to continue their raids in the Red Sea.
Other US-allied countries are also involved, including the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and Bahrain, which are expected to provide logistics, intelligence and other support.
The attacks, a US official told CNN, were carried out in particular with fighter planes and Tomahawk missiles. Over a dozen Houthi targets were hit by missiles launched from air, land and sea (with the USS Florida submarine) and were chosen to weaken the Houthis' ability to attack shipping in the Red Sea. These include radar systems, depots and launch sites for drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. ; Joe Biden said this is the “direct response to the Houthi attacks” and he will not hesitate “to take additional measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary.”
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia follows with great concern the military operations taking place in the Red Sea region and the air strikes on a number of sites in the Republic of Yemen,” reads a statement from the Foreign Ministry in Riyadh, in which calls for "self-control and to avoid escalation".