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US military destroys two Houthi sites in Yemen

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  • US forces destroyed two critical Houthi sites in Yemen, including a ground control station and a command-and-control node.
  • The Houthi rebels have intensified their attacks on maritime vessels in the Red Sea, significantly disrupting international shipping.
  • The US and UK are actively working to weaken the Houthis' capabilities and ensure the safety of maritime routes in the region.

US forces have successfully destroyed two Houthi sites in Yemen. This action comes in response to a series of aggressive attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. The US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced the destruction of a ground control station and a command-and-control node, both critical to the Houthi's operational capabilities.

The Houthi rebels, who have been at war with a Saudi-led coalition since ousting Yemen's government from Sanaa in 2014, have intensified their attacks on maritime vessels since November 2023. These attacks are purportedly in solidarity with Palestinians amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The Houthis have targeted numerous ships, causing significant disruptions in maritime traffic and increasing insurance costs for vessels transiting the Red Sea.

Recent Attacks and US Response

On June 19, 2024, CENTCOM reported the successful elimination of two Houthi sites. "USCENTCOM forces successfully destroyed one ground control station and one command-and-control node," the military command announced. Additionally, CENTCOM forces took out two uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) in the Red Sea within the last 24 hours.

This operation follows a series of attacks by the Houthis, including the sinking of the MV Tutor, a Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned merchant ship, after it was hit by a sea drone and aerial projectile on June 12. The attack resulted in the death of a Filipino crew member and left the ship abandoned and sinking.

Strategic Importance of the Red Sea

The Red Sea is a crucial maritime corridor, and the Houthi attacks have posed a significant threat to international shipping. The US and UK have been actively working to weaken the Houthis' capabilities through targeted strikes. An international coalition is also intercepting drones and missiles launched at ships in the region.

Broader Implications

The ongoing conflict has broader implications for regional stability. The Houthis' actions have not only disrupted commercial shipping but have also made it more challenging to deliver essential aid to Yemen and Gaza. The US military's operations aim to mitigate these threats and ensure the safety of maritime routes.

Quotes from Officials

In a statement, CENTCOM highlighted the importance of these operations: "The destruction of these sites is a critical step in reducing the Houthis' ability to target commercial vessels and ensure the safety of maritime traffic in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden".

The US military's decisive actions against the Houthi rebels underscore the ongoing efforts to maintain security and stability in the Red Sea region. As the conflict continues, the international community remains vigilant in countering the threats posed by the Iran-backed Houthis.

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