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The United States and the United Kingdom carried out more than a dozen strikes against Iran-backed Houthi targets in Yemen on Saturday, with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand, two US officials told FoxNews.

The targets were successfully hit and include weapons storage facilities and drone and missile launchers.

The operation affected five Houthi-controlled locations in Yemen and is a response to near-daily attacks by the Houthis with Iranian drones and anti-ship ballistic missiles, a senior US official said.

The fourth round of US and British strikes came days after a British freighter was hit by a Houthi missile.

In a joint statement, the United States, the United Kingdom and other allied countries said: “In response to the Houthis’ continued attacks on commercial and naval vessels transiting the Red Sea and surrounding waterways, today the United States’ militaries “The United States and the United Kingdom, with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand, carried out an additional round of strikes against several targets in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.”

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USS Mason in the water

The USS Mason shot down an anti-ship ballistic missile launched toward the Gulf of Aden on Saturday, US Central Command said. (US Central Command / @CENTCOM on X)

The statement called the attacks “proportionate” and added that they “specifically targeted 18 Houthi targets in eight locations in Yemen associated with Houthi underground weapons storage facilities, missile storage facilities, one-way attack unmanned aerial systems, air defense systems, radars and a helicopter. “These precision strikes aim to disrupt and degrade the capabilities the Houthis use to threaten global trade, naval vessels, and the lives of innocent sailors in one of the world’s most critical waterways.”

The statement added: “These attacks are in response to the Houthis’ continued attacks on commercial and naval vessels that have not only endangered international seafarers but also the lives of the Yemeni people, including the missile attack on 22 February 19 that struck the M/V Islander and injured a crew member, the February 19 missile attack that nearly hit the US-owned M/V Sea Champion while delivering humanitarian aid to Yemen, the aerial vehicle attack February 19 drone strike that hit the US-owned M/V Navis Fortuna and the February 18 missile attack that hit the British-owned M/V Rubymar and forced the crew to abandon ship.

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He said the Houthis have launched more than 45 attacks on commercial and naval vessels since mid-November that “constitute a threat to the global economy, as well as regional security and stability, and demand an international response. Our coalition of countries with like-minded remains committed to protecting freedom of navigation and international trade and holding the Houthis accountable for their illegal and unjustifiable attacks on commercial ships and warships.”

The countries said their goal was to “reduce tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea, but we will once again reiterate our warning to the Houthi leaders: we will not hesitate to continue defending lives and the free flow of trade in the face of continued threats.” ”

USS Dwight Eisenhower

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Red Sea. (FoxNews)

The strikes were carried out with F-18s from the USS Eisenhower, according to two US defense officials.

An assessment of the victims is underway. Two U.S. defense officials said a very low number, if any, is expected.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also issued a statement saying: “Today, the militaries of the United States and the United Kingdom, with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand, led carried out strikes against military targets in Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen. Coalition forces struck eight locations, including underground Houthi weapons storage facilities, missile storage facilities, one-way strike unmanned aerial systems, of air defense, radars and a helicopter, to further disrupt and degrade the capabilities of the Iran-backed Houthi militia to carry out their destabilizing and reckless attacks against US and international vessels legally transiting the Red Sea, the Strait of Bab AI-Mandeb and the Gulf of Aden”.

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He said, “The United States will not hesitate to take action, as necessary, to defend lives and the free flow of commerce in one of the world’s most critical waterways. We will continue to make clear to the Houthis that they will bear the consequences if they do not stop their attacks.” illegal activities, damaging Middle East economies, causing environmental damage and disrupting the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemen and other countries.

US Central Command said in a statement: “On February 24 at 5 pm (Sanaa time), USS Mason (DDG 87) shot down an anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) launched in the Gulf of Aden from the Houthis. controlled areas of Yemen. The missile was likely aimed at the MV Torm Thor, an American-flagged, owned and operated oil/chemical tanker. Neither the USS Mason nor the MV Torm Thor were damaged and there were no injuries.”

An attack launched from a warship.

A missile is launched from a warship during the US-led coalition operation against Yemen’s Houthi rebels earlier this month. (US Central Command)

The attacks come days after a British cargo ship was hit by a Houthi missile that Centcom is now calling an “environmental disaster” after an 18-mile oil spill was observed from space and the ship has been filling up. of water and is in danger of sinking. . More than 40,000 tons of fertilizer are on board.

Earlier this week, a US-owned cargo ship was also hit by a missile.

US and British forces launched their first round of attacks on January 11, but attacks on commercial shipping have continued.

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British forces have been using Tornado fighters that take off from the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean. The American planes came from the flight deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. US warships have also launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at targets in Yemen.

British warships in the Red Sea have no capacity to launch attacks against Yemen. Royal Navy destroyers and frigates cannot launch missiles at land targets.

Both British and French warships have destroyed drones in the air in recent weeks.

By Sam