What to Know:
The United States and United Kingdom have announced additional strikes against eight additional Houthi targets in Yemen, marking the eighth round of strikes since January 11.
A joint statement has confirmed that American and British forces, backed by Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands, conducted “an additional round of proportionate and necessary strikes against 8 Houthi targets in Yemen in response to the Houthis’ continued attacks against international and commercial shipping as well as naval vessels transiting the Red Sea.”
#New Joint Statement from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States on Additional Strikes Against the Houthis in #Yemen
“Today, the militaries of the United States and United Kingdom, at the direction of their respective governments with… pic.twitter.com/DodUcLF74Q
— Diyar Kurda (@diyarkurda) January 22, 2024
“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, and are in response to a series of illegal, dangerous, and destabilizing Houthi actions since our coalition strikes on January 11, including anti-ship ballistic missile and unmanned aerial system attacks that struck two U.S.- owned merchant vessels.”
The statement also announced that the strikes specifically targeted a Houthi underground storage site and locations associated with the Houthis’ missile and air surveillance capabilities.
“Our aim remains to de-escalate tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea, but let us reiterate our warning to Houthi leadership: we will not hesitate to defend lives and the free flow of commerce in one of the world’s most critical waterways in the face of continued threats,” the statement concluded.
Tonight, four @RoyalAirForce Typhoons conducted a second round of precision strikes on Houthi military targets alongside US forces.
Read my statement below: pic.twitter.com/mBxS87psbm
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) January 22, 2024
Separately, United Kingdom Minister of Defense Grant Schnapps confirmed that four Royal Airfare Typhoon fighters took part in the operation.