Update: US Central Command said it launched seven more strikes in Yemen throughout the day on February 8
The US launched two more rounds of missile strikes against targets in Yemen on Wednesday as the Houthis continue to target shipping in the Red Sea.
The US has now launched at least 21 rounds of missile strikes against Yemen since January 12. The UK has joined the US for the more extensive bombings, but for the most part, the US has launched strikes on its own.
US Central Command claimed the strikes on Wednesday targeted Houthi missiles that were being prepared to launch.
“On Feb. 7, at approximately 9:00 pm (Sanaa time), US Central Command (CENTCOM) forces conducted self-defense strikes against two Houthi mobile anti-ship cruise missiles prepared to launch against ships in the Red Sea,” the command said.
“Later that day, at 11:30 pm (Sanaa time), CENTCOM forces conducted a second strike against a Houthi mobile land attack cruise missile prepared to launch,” the command added.
A day earlier, the Houthis, officially known as Ansar Allah, announced that they targeted an American and British commercial ship in the Red Sea. However, CENTCOM said the ship that was claimed to be American, the Nasia Star, is Marshall Island-flagged and Greek-owned.
The Houthi attack caused minor damage to the Nasia Star, and missiles landed near the second ship that was targeted, the Morning Tide, which is British-owned. The Houthis did not start targeting American and British commercial shipping until after the US and UK launched the first round of missile strikes in Yemen on January 12.
The Houthis have made clear they would not stop their attacks on Israel-linked shipping in the Red Sea unless the Israeli slaughter in Gaza came to an end. President Biden has acknowledged the new bombing campaign against the Houthis was not “working,” but he vowed to continue it anyway.
Besides bombing Yemen, the US is also blocking a peace deal between the Saudis and Houthis by imposing new sanctions, demonstrating the extent to which President Biden is willing to go to support Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza.