CENTCOM announced conducting “strikes in self-defence against six Houthi anti-ship cruise missiles prepared to launch against ships in the Red Sea”. Subsequently, the U.S. and the UK led “strikes against 36 Houthi targets across thirteen locations in Yemen in response to the Houthis' continued attacks against international and commercial shipping as well as naval vessels transiting the Red Sea”. “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”, according to a joint statement with allies. A Houthi military spokesperson declared that “these attacks will not go without response and punishment”. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson condemned the strikes, describing them as “in clear conflict with the repeated claims of Washington and London that they do not want to expand the war in the region”.
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