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The United States carried out a second round of air strikes against Houthi military sites in Yemen on Friday.

The unilateral attack followed an anti-ship ballistic missile attack fired by the Iranian proxy just hours after the US and UK launched a joint attack on the terror group earlier in the day.


US and UK Strike Military Targets in Yemen in Response to Houthi Attacks in Red Sea, Gulf of Aden

The air strike targeted a radar site used by the Houthis to locate and attack commercial shipping vessels in the Red Sea, US officials said.

The Houthis launched their campaign against vessels in the Red Sea in solidarity with Gaza’s Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization following its October 7th invasion of Israel. The group led some 3,000 operatives who slaughtered more than 1,200 people in dozens of communities and several military bases along the border and kidnapped 250 others, dragging them into captivity in Gaza.

US Army Lt. Gen. Douglas A. Sims II told reporters in a briefing on Friday the Houthi attack failed to hit any ships. “My guess is that the Houthis are trying to figure things out on the ground and trying to determine what capabilities still exist for them,” he said. “But I would expect, as you know their rhetoric has been pretty strong and pretty high, I would expect that they will attempt some sort of retaliation.”

The initial, joint US-UK attack in the wee hours of Friday morning struck 60 targets in 28 locations in Yemen.

In response, a senior Houthi official threatened the US and UK with a “heavy price” for the attacks.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.