US strikes Houthi Rebels in Yemin again

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The US carried out another round of strikes against the Houthis in Yemen, according to three US officials and US Central Command, marking the fourth time the US has struck the Iran-backed rebel group in less than a week.

The US targeted 14 Houthi missile launchers used to attack international shipping lanes, CENTCOM said in a statement Wednesday night. Tomahawk missiles were launched from US Navy surface vessels and the USS Florida, a guided missile submarine, two of the US officials said.

The missiles were “loaded to be fired in Houthi controlled areas in Yemen” and posed an “imminent threat” to commercial vessels and US Navy ships, according to CENTCOM. The missiles could have been launched “at any time,” and the US took action under the “inherent right and obligation to defend” US assets, it said.

“We will continue to take actions to protect the lives of innocent mariners and we will always protect our people,” said Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of US Central Command.


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