The US launched more strikes against the Houthis on Wednesday, marking at least the 11th time the US has targeted Yemen since President Biden started the bombing campaign on January 12.
US Central Command claimed the strikes targeted a Houthi surface-to-air missile. “US forces identified the missile in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen and determined that it presented an imminent threat to US aircraft,” the command said.
Yemen’s Al-Masirah TV reported US and British strikes north of the city of Sadaa. The UK has joined the US for some of the bombings in Yemen, but CENTCOM did not say Britain was involved in the latest round.
Also on Wednesday, the Houthis, officially known as Ansar Allah, said they fired missiles at the US Navy Destroyer USS Gravely. Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said US warships will continue to be targeted “within the legitimate right of defending our country, our people, and our nation.”
CENTCOM said the USS Gravely shot down one Houthi anti-ship missile on Tuesday night, but it’s unclear if it was the same incident mentioned by Sarea.
Some members of Congress have criticized Biden for bombing Yemen without authorization and say he’s violating the Constitution. President Biden has acknowledged his bombing campaign was not working to deter the Houthis but vowed it would continue anyway.
Since the first round of strikes against the Houthis, the situation has escalated dramatically as the Houthis began targeting American commercial shipping in response. The Houthis have made clear they would only stop attacks on Israel-linked commercial shipping if the slaughter in Gaza comes to an end.
The US backed a Saudi/UAE-led coalition against the Houthis in a brutal war that killed 377,000 people between 2015 and 2022. During that time, the Houthis only became a more formidable fighting force and developed missile and drone technology that gave them the ability to hit Saudi oil infrastructure. A ceasefire between the Saudis and Houthis has held relatively well since April 2022, but the new US bombing campaign threatens the fragile truce.