US and UK air strikes hit 18 Houthi targets in Yemen
US and UK air strikes hit 18 Houthi targets in Yemen

Yemen: America and Britain on Saturday carried out air strikes on Houthi rebel positions in Yemen. According to the US Central Command, 18 targets were targeted in Yemen's capital Sanaa. The US says Houthi rebels were attacking terrorist ships and trying to stop humanitarian aid being given to Yemen. Apart from British and American forces, forces from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands and New Zealand also participated in the air strike.

Trade affected: Global trade has been disrupted due to the Houthi rebels and shipping rates have increased. The countries that took part in or supported the attacks said in a joint statement that the military action was carried out in eight locations in Yemen, targeting 18 Houthi positions.

US warning: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that the aim of the attack is to eliminate the strength of Iran-backed Houthi rebels. He said, "We want to tell the Houthi rebels that they will face consequences if they do not stop their illegal attacks. The Houthis are damaging Middle Eastern economies and disrupting the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemen and other countries. We do."

Houthi rebels respond: Al-Masirah TV, the main Houthi-run television news outlet, said US and British forces launched a series of attacks in the capital Sanaa. According to a Houthi military source, the strike on Houthi rebels was a pathetic attempt to prevent Yemen from providing aid operations to Palestinians in Gaza.

Houthi rebels launched an attack on a British-owned cargo ship earlier this week and claimed responsibility for a drone attack on a US destroyer. They also targeted Israeli ports and resort towns with ballistic missiles and drones. It is unclear how effective the airstrikes will be in stopping the Houthi rebels. The Houthi rebels have faced airstrikes from the US and Saudi-led coalition before and are known for their refusal to give up. The airstrikes could further escalate the civil war already underway in Yemen. The United Nations has warned that the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the world's worst and air strikes could deepen the crisis.

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