Houthi forces announced that US troops were “illegally present” in the area and warned that they would raid US bases.
Nasreddin Amer, deputy director of the Houthi media agency, said on January 13 that recent air strikes by the US and UK against Yemen “will immediately lead to retaliation” by the forces.
“The US is illegally present in the area, so we consider US military facilities here to be legitimate targets for attacks,” Mr. Amer said, warning that this force would attack US warships on the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait.
Previously, Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam said the airstrikes over the past two days had not significantly affected the force’s military capabilities or its ability to prevent ships linked to Israel from passing through the Red Sea and the West Sea. Arabic.
The US launched two air strikes against Yemen in two consecutive days. During the first raid on January 12, the US coordinated with the UK to use more than 150 missiles and guided bombs to bomb nearly 30 locations in Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa.
The second airstrike took place on a smaller scale at dawn on January 13. The US announced that it acted unilaterally and has not announced the number of weapons used. Houthi confirmed that this attack did not cause any damage or casualties.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all parties not to escalate the situation in the region. Khaled Khiari, UN Assistant Secretary-General in charge of the Middle East, warned that the risk of the situation in the Red Sea and increased conflicts in the region was worsening.
Houthis increased attacks on cargo ships passing through the Red Sea after the war between Israel and Hamas broke out in early October 2023, claiming this action was to express solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. This force captured the cargo ship Galaxy Leader and its crew and brought it back to Yemen in November 2023.
Houthi forces are controlling many parts of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa. The Houthis confront the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia, which has intervened in Yemen since March 2015 to restore the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.