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Huthis say US, UK launch new strikes in Yemen

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | January 18, 2024, Thursday @ 07:34 in World » GENERAL | By: AFP | Views: 2563
Huthis say US, UK launch new strikes in Yemen

This photograph taken on January 5, 2024 shows a Huthi operated Sukhoi Su-22M4 aircraft flying over the Huthi-controlled capital Sanaa on the sidelines of a march in solidarity with the people of Gaza amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the militant Hamas group in Gaza. (Photo by MOHAMMED HUWAIS / AFP)

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(AFP) - US and UK forces launched a fourth round of strikes against targets in Yemen, Huthi media said Thursday, as the Iran-backed rebels vowed to continue attacking Red Sea shipping.

"We will continue to target Israeli ships heading to the ports of occupied Palestine, no matter how the American-British aggression tries to prevent us from doing so," a Huthi military official told the rebels' Al-Masirah TV.

Al-Masirah and Huthi news agency Saba.net said US and UK strikes had hit several targets in Yemen, including the port city of Hodeida and the city of Taez, the fourth round of strikes in the past week.

US media, including CBS and CNN, quoted US officials as saying another round of strikes had been carried out against an unspecified number of Huthi targets in Yemen.

The Iran-backed rebels' promise to continue attacking shipping in the Red Sea is in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, where Israel is battling the Islamist militant group Hamas.

It came after a US announcement that the Huthis had been put back on its list of "terrorist" entities because of their attacks in the Red Sea.

The United States and Britain hit nearly 30 sites in Yemen with more than 150 munitions last week, while US forces later attacked a Huthi radar site.

The Huthis said late on Wednesday they had attacked a ship with a drone off Yemen. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) security agency said a drone hit a vessel in the Gulf of Aden.

While a Huthi spokesman said the group had targeted a US ship, British maritime risk management company Ambrey said the vessel was a Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier.

The UKMTO said a fire on board the ship had been extinguished and the "vessel and crew are safe".

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