US and UK Launch More Strikes in Yemen as US Names New War Against the Houthis

The US military has dubbed the campaign 'Operation Poseidon Archer'

The US and the UK launched more strikes against the Houthis in Yemen on Monday as the US military named its new war against the Yemeni group “Operation Poseidon Archer.”

The strikes marked the eighth time the US has bombed Yemen since January 12 and the second time the British joined in. President Biden continues to order strikes after acknowledging they were not “working” to stop the Houthis, and the US is planning for an open-ended conflict.

A correspondent for Al Mayadeen reported attacks in several areas in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and its surroundings. The US and the UK released a joint statement saying the strikes were launched against eight Houthi targets.

“Today, the militaries of the United States and United Kingdom, at the direction of their respective governments with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands, conducted an additional round of proportionate and necessary strikes against 8 Houthi targets in Yemen in response to the Houthis’ continued attacks against international and commercial shipping as well as naval vessels transiting the Red Sea,” the statement said.

The new bombing campaign has dramatically escalated the situation in the region as the Houthis, officially known as Ansar Allah, are now targeting American commercial vessels, and many more shipping companies have suspended transits through the Red Sea. The Houthis have vowed they won’t back down and say the only way they’ll stop is if the Israeli slaughter in Gaza ends.

“No matter how much they bomb, our military operations against Israel will continue until the genocide crimes in Gaza are stopped and food, medicine, and fuel are allowed to enter its besieged population,” Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Ansar Allah’s political bureau, wrote on X.

In another post, al-Bukhaiti said the US and British attacks will “only increase the Yemeni people’s determination to carry out their moral and humanitarian responsibilities towards the oppressed in Gaza.”

Both the US and the UK have supported a Saudi/UAE-led coalition against the Houthis since 2015 in a brutal conflict that killed 377,000 people, according to UN numbers. Since April 2022, a fragile ceasefire between the Saudis and the Houthis has held relatively well, and the new US strikes risk shattering that peace, although so far, Riyadh has distanced itself from the operations.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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