President Biden announced that “U.S. military forces – together with the United Kingdom and with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands – successfully conducted strikes against a number of targets in Yemen used by Houthi rebels to endanger freedom of navigation… These strikes are in direct response to unprecedented Houthi attacks against international maritime vessels in the Red Sea – including the use of anti-ship ballistic missiles for the first time in history”. He further asserted that “I will not hesitate to direct further measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary”. The Houthis confirmed five fatalities and condemned the attacks, contending that “the American, British presence and those who allied with them under false pretenses in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab are unacceptable… Yemen is concerned with dealing with it in an appropriate manner”. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson condemned the attack, contending it would “have no result other than fueling insecurity and instability in the region”. Saudi Arabia called on “all parties involved to avoid further escalation”.
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