The US military launched another missile attack from ships and submarines on Houthi-controlled facilities in Yemen on Wednesday, according to US officials, marking the fourth time in as many days that it has been bombed. of these fighters in Yemen as the violence unleashed by the war between Israel and Hamas. continues to spread throughout the Middle East.
The strikes were launched from the Red Sea and hit more than a dozen targets, officials said. The offensive follows the official announcement that the United States has again included the Houthis in its list of specially designated terrorists in the world. The sanctions that come with the official designation are intended to cut off violent extremist groups from their sources of funding.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details that have not yet been made public.
Houthi-run Al Masirah TV told Telegram that the attacks targeted the provinces of Dhamar, Al Hudayda, Taiz, Al Bayda and Sadah.
Despite sanctions and military action, including a major operation on Saturday by ships and fighter jets against more than 60 targets in different parts of Yemen, the Houthis continue their campaign against commercial and military ships. The latest incident occurred on Wednesday, when a drone was launched from the Houthi-controlled area of Yemen into the Gulf of Aden and hit the US-owned, Marshall Islands-flagged vessel M/V Genco Picardy.
The United States also strongly warned Iran to stop supplying arms to the Houthis. Washington carried out an operation on Thursday against a ship in which it intercepted parts of ballistic missiles that, according to the United States, were sent from Iran to Yemen. Two sailors from the SEAL special force are still missing after one of them fell into the water due to strong waves during the capture, and one of his colleagues jumped into the water to search for him.
Pentagon press secretary Maj. gen. Pat Ryder said Wednesday that the United States will continue to take military action to prevent future attacks.
“They took advantage of this situation to carry out attacks against ships and vessels from more than 50 countries … from different parts of the world. Therefore, we will continue to work with our partners in the region to prevent these attacks or prevent these types of attacks in the future,” Ryder added.
Several incidents have been reported since Friday’s joint operation. Over the weekend, the Houthis launched an anti-ship cruise missile at a US Navy destroyer, which was shot down. The Houthis later hit a US-owned ship on Monday in the Gulf of Aden, and a Maltese-flagged cargo ship in the Red Sea a day later. In response, the United States on Tuesday attacked four anti-ship ballistic missiles that were ready for launch and posed an imminent threat against the US Navy and commercial vessels in the region.
Hours later, the Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack on Zografía, which flies the Maltese flag. The ship was hit by a projectile, but no one was injured and the ship continued its journey.