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US and UK Launch Fresh Missile Strikes On Houthis In Yemen

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UK and US forces have carried out a fresh round of joint missile strikes against eight Houthi targets in Yemen.


The allies combined for a second time this month to attack the Iran-backed militants, targeting an underground storage site, along with missile and surveillance capabilities.

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They received support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands, according to a joint statement signed by the six countries.

“These precision strikes are intended to disrupt and degrade the capabilities that the Houthis use to threaten global trade and the lives of innocent mariners,” the statement added.

The UK joined the US in carrying out strikes against the group on 12 January in response to a campaign of Houthi drone and missile attacks on commercial shipping along the vital Red Sea and Gulf of Aden trade routes.

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UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said the latest round of strikes had been conducted in “self-defence”.

He said in a statement: “Dangerous Houthi attacks on shipping in the Red Sea have continued to threaten the lives of sailors and disrupt shipping at an intolerable cost to the global economy.

“Along with our US partners, we have conducted a further round of strikes in self-defence. Aimed at degrading Houthi capabilities, this action will deal another blow to their limited stockpiles and ability to threaten global trade.

“Alongside our ongoing diplomatic efforts, we will continue to support regional stability across the Middle East, working hand in hand with our like-minded partners.”

US Central Command posted a video of one of its fighter jets taking off for the mission, which it said aimed “to degrade Houthi capability to continue their reckless and unlawful attacks on US and UK ships as well as international commercial shipping.


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