The US military has officially confirmed that its forces have carried out multiple strikes on Houthi missile systems as the Yemen-based rebel group prepares to carry out attacks that threaten US naval and merchant ships.
Since the early hours of Thursday Sana'i time, US Central Command forces "conducted seven self-defense strikes against four Houthi drones and seven mobile anti-ship cruise missiles that were prepared to be launched against ships in the Red Sea," CENTCOM said in a statement. , published in X.
"CENTCOM has identified these missiles and USVs in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined that they pose an imminent threat to US Navy ships and commercial vessels in the region," it said.
The strikes "will protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for U.S. naval and merchant vessels," the statement said.
On Wednesday, the Houthi news agency reported that the United States and Britain had struck targets in Yemen's Hodeidah province.
Iran-backed rebels, who control much of war-torn Yemen, including the port of Hodeidah, are attacking shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden./BGNES