US forces destroy two Houthi sites in Yemen


American forces destroyed two sites in Yemen belonging to the Houthi rebels, the U.S. military said Wednesday, after a series of ship attacks in recent days by the group.

The Houthis have been targeting vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden since November 2023 in attacks they say are in solidarity with Palestinians during the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip.

The United States and Britain have carried out strikes in Yemen aimed at degrading the Iran-backed rebels' ability to carry out the attacks, while there is also an international military effort to intercept drones and missiles fired at ships.

"USCENTCOM forces successfully destroyed one ground control station and one command and control node" in a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen, the military command said in a statement on X.

It added that in the past 24 hours, CENTCOM forces had additionally destroyed two Iranian-backed Houthi "uncrewed surface vessels (USV) in the Red Sea."

On Tuesday, CENTCOM reported that it had destroyed eight drones belonging to the Houthis.

Meanwhile a merchant ship, the MV Tutor, which was left abandoned and drifting after at attack by Houthis last week, was believed to have sunk, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported late Tuesday.

The Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned and -operated bulk carrier was hit by a remote-controlled sea drone and an aerial projectile on June 12, killing a Filipino crew member.

The Houthis, who are at war with a Saudi-led coalition after ousting the government from Sanaa in 2014, have launched scores of drone and missile attacks on shipping vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden since November.

The attacks have sent insurance costs spiraling for vessels transiting the Red Sea and prompted many shipping firms to take the far longer passage around the southern tip of Africa instead.

Comments 5
Thumb chrisrushlau 20 June 2024, 18:10

One site was said to be a latrine while the other appears to have been the Israeli embassy.

Thumb chrisrushlau 20 June 2024, 18:36

When England sends its jet fighter-bomber to participate in the US raids on Yemen, the plane uses the English airbase on Cyprus. "The Mediterranean island is also home to two British military bases including an airbase, but they are in sovereign British territory and not controlled by the Cypriot government."

Missing phillipo 21 June 2024, 14:59

England - English !!!! So what happens when the pilots are Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish?

Missing phillipo 21 June 2024, 14:57

What utter nonsense you write. Israel does not, and never has, have an embassy in Yemen, a country that does not recognise the existance of the State of Israel.

Thumb chrisrushlau 21 June 2024, 19:35

They only have the one jet.