July 22, 2024

Undeterred by newest US-UK strikes, Houthis goal US-flagged oil tanker off Yemen

WASHINGTON/CAIRO: US and British forces carried out strikes in opposition to greater than a dozen Houthi targets in Yemen on Saturday, officers stated, the most recent spherical of navy motion in opposition to the Iran-linked group that continues to assault transport within the area.

A joint assertion from international locations that both took half within the strikes or supplied help, stated the navy motion was in opposition to 18 Houthi targets throughout eight places in Yemen together with underground weapons and missile storage amenities, air protection techniques, radars and a helicopter.

However hours after the strikes, the Houthis stated they’d focused the US-flagged, owned, and operated oil tanker MV Torm Thor within the Gulf of Aden. The group’s navy spokesman Yahya Sarea introduced the brand new assault in a televised speech early on Sunday.

It was not clear if the assault introduced by the Houthis was the identical incident referred to by the UK Maritime Commerce Operations company early on Sunday. The UKMTO stated that it obtained a report of an incident 70 nautical miles east of the port of Djibouti and authorities are at present investigating.

The USA has carried out near-daily strikes in opposition to the Houthis, who management probably the most populous elements of Yemen and have stated their assaults on transport are in solidarity with Palestinians as Israel strikes Gaza.

The months of assaults by Houthis have continued and have upset world commerce and raised transport charges.

US Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin stated the strikes had been meant “to additional disrupt and degrade the capabilities of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia.”

“We are going to proceed to clarify to the Houthis that they’ll bear the implications if they don’t cease their unlawful assaults, which hurt Center Japanese economies, trigger environmental harm and disrupt the supply of humanitarian support to Yemen and different international locations,” Austin added.

Earlier this week the Houthis claimed accountability for an assault on a UK-owned cargo ship and a drone assault on an American destroyer, they usually focused Israel’s port and resort metropolis of Eilat with ballistic missiles and drones.

The group’s strikes are disrupting the important Suez Canal commerce shortcut that accounts for about 12 p.c of world maritime site visitors, and forcing companies to take an extended, dearer route round Africa.

No ships have been sunk nor crew killed through the Houthi marketing campaign. Nevertheless, there are issues in regards to the destiny of the UK-registered Rubymar cargo vessel, which was struck on Feb. 18 and its crew evacuated.

The Houthis say they’re concentrating on Israel-linked vessels in help of Palestinians in Gaza, which has been ravaged by the Israel-Hamas warfare.

Following earlier US and UK strikes, the Houthis declared American and British pursuits to be respectable targets as properly.

Anger over Israel’s devastating marketing campaign in Gaza — which started after an unprecedented Hamas assault on October 7 — has grown throughout the Center East, stoking violence involving Iran-backed teams in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.