Feb 1, 2024, 10:04 AM
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Fresh US-UK strikes hit northern, western Yemen

Feb 1, 2024, 10:04 AM
News ID: 85372549
Fresh US-UK strikes hit northern, western Yemen

Tehran, IRNA – The US and the UK have conducted fresh airstrikes on northern and western Yemen, according to news reports.

Yemen’s official SABA news agency reported that two rounds of airstrikes hit areas in the northern Governorate of Sa’ada early on Thursday.

Yemen’s Al-Masirah news network also reported airstrikes in an area north of the country’s key port city of al-Hudaydah on the Red Sea, west of Yemen.

Yemeni media did not disclose the targets of the US-UK airstrikes, but Russia’s Sputnik news agency, citing its own sources in Yemen, said that the strikes hit a military barracks in al-Hudaydah. And, US-based CBS News reported that American strikes targeted 10 drones in western Yemen, which were prepared to launch.  

There were no details on possible casualties or damage caused by the airstrikes.

Washington and London launched their airstrikes on Yemen on January 11 in response to what they described as threats to international shipping posed by Yemen’s attacks in the Red Sea.

The Yemeni Armed Forces began their attacks in mid-November, and said they only targeted Israeli vessels or those bound for ports in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The operations have been described as a response to the October 7-present war that the Israeli regime has been waging against Gaza following an operation carried out by Hamas Resistance Movement from the besieged territory against Israeli positions.

Yemen has called the US-UK airstrikes an act of aggression and has carried out attacks against American vessels in response. The latest such attacks took place on Wednesday when the Yemeni armed forces said that they had targeted American merchant ship KOI in the Gulf of Aden hours after firing missiles at US Navy destroyer Gravely.

Fresh US-UK strikes hit northern, western Yemen

On Thursday, Ali al-Qahum, a member of the political office of Yemen's Ansarullah Movement, said that the operation against KOI sent a clear message that Yemen is ready to fight with its enemies.

Al-Qahum spoke of “obvious activities” by the US and UK, which show that they intend to escalate tensions in Yemen and prepare for military action using their mercenaries. He warned the two Western countries of a decisive response.

The Ansarullah official described the operations by the Yemeni army as an act of preparedness to defend the sovereignty of the country.

Meanwhile, Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman Yahya Saree said in a statement issued on Wednesday evening that “American Commercial ship, KOI, was targeted with appropriate naval missiles while heading towards the occupied Palestinian ports.”

Despite the ongoing US-UK aggression, the Yemeni Armed Forces have reiterated their commitment to providing support to the Palestinian people in Gaza by preventing Israeli navigation or vessels heading to the occupied Palestinian ports in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea until the aggression stops. 

Around 27,000 Palestinians, some 70 percent of whom are women, children, and adolescents, have been killed in the brutal onslaught so far.


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