Hezbollah condemns US strikes that killed five in Yemen


Hezbollah condemned Friday American and British air strikes on rebel-held Yemen.

The attacks, in response to Houthi's attacks on Red Sea shipping, killed at least five people and wounded six.

Hezbollah said in a statement that the air strikes show that the U.S. is Israel's "full-partner in its massacres in Gaza and the region."

Russia and Iran also condemned the attacks, while France said the Houthis were responsible for the escalation. China and Saudi Arabia called for avoiding escalation.

"The strikes show that America is a full partner in catastrophes and massacres committed by the Zionist entity in Gaza," Hezbollah statement said.

The Houthis have sporadically targeted ships in the region over time, but the attacks have increased since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas and spiked after a strike on Oct. 17 at a hospital in Gaza killed and injured many.

That hospital blast marked the beginning of an intense militant campaign against U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria, and on many commercial vessels transiting the Red Sea. The attacks have damaged commercial ships and forced international shipping companies to divert their vessels around the Cape of Good Hope.

On Tuesday the Houthis launched their largest-ever barrage of 18 one-way attack drones, anti-ship cruise missiles and an anti-ship ballistic missile at a host of international commercial vessels and warships in the Red Sea.

In response, the U.S. and U.K. struck Friday Houthi missile, radar and drone capabilities.

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