The US military carried out another strike on a Houthi-controlled site in Yemen early Saturday, targeting a location they considered a threat to commercial shipping in the Red Sea. This action followed a series of airstrikes by the United States and Britain against Houthi rebels on Thursday.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged all parties “not to further escalate the situation” after the initial strikes, which hit 28 locations and more than 60 targets, with President Joe Biden warning of the possibility of further attacks against the Houthis.
The decision to strike again came after the US Navy issued a warning on Friday, advising US-flagged ships to avoid specific areas in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden for the next 72 hours following the initial airstrikes.
The Houthis had promised retaliation, raising tensions in a region already plagued by the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
U.S. military and White House officials said they expected the Houthis to try to fight back.
According to the Houthis, five people were killed and six wounded in the initial attacks. The US has targeted 28 different Houthi-controlled areas in two waves of attacks.
Iran criticized the attack, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani saying arbitrary attacks would only contribute to insecurity and instability in the region.
Protesters gathered in Tehran on Friday, burning British, American and Israeli flags as they chanted slogans condemning all three nations for the attacks.
During a UN Security Council meeting, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the US, UK and their allies of “blatant armed aggression” against Yemen, warning that continued escalation could lead to a catastrophe in Yemen. entire Middle East region.
In response, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and British Ambassador Barbara Woodward defended the attacks as acts of self-defense, underscoring the need for de-escalation, particularly by the Houthis who were jeopardizing security lines. international navigation.