US strikes: Houthis threaten to ‘meet escalation with escalation’
WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) After the US and UK struck at least 36 Houthi targets linked to Iran at several locations in Yemen on Saturday, the Houthis threatened that they “will meet escalation with escalation”, reported CNN on Sunday.
In response to the strikes, Mohammed Al Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi Political Council, wrote on X that the “American-British aggression against Yemen will not go unanswered,” adding that the Houthis’s “military operations against Israel will continue until the crimes of genocide in Gaza are stopped.”
The strikes mark a second day of major US operations against Iran-linked militia groups in the Middle East, reported the Cable News Network (CNN), a multinational news channel and website headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
The US and UK with the support of other countries “specifically targeted sites associated with the Houthis’ deeply buried weapons storage facilities, missile systems and launchers, air defense systems, and radars,” according to a joint statement. They said their “aim remains to de-escalate tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea,” where the Houthis have been attacking shipping.
In response to the strikes, Mohammed Al Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi Political Council, wrote on X Saturday that the “American-British aggression against Yemen will not go unanswered,” adding that the Houthis’s “military operations against Israel will continue until the crimes of genocide in Gaza are stopped.”
Houthis had “repeated warnings”: On Sunday, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said the strikes were carried out after “repeated warnings” were issued to the Houthis, whose attacks “must stop.” He added that their “reckless actions are putting innocent lives at risk, threatening the freedom of navigation and destabilising the region.”
Political solution “difficult”: The strikes in Yemen come a day after the US hit at least 85 targets associated with pro-Iranian militia groups in Iraq and Syria in response to a drone strike that killed three American soldiers in Jordan. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said recent strikes by the US in the Middle East, and its decision to designate the Houthis as a terrorist organization, have “complicated the situation and made it more difficult to reach a political solution,” according to the state news agency, IRNA.