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US, Britain launch new airstrikes on targets in Yemen’s Hudaydah

A fighter jet is launched from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower during a strike on what the US military calls military targets in Yemen, February 3, 2024. (Photo via Reuters)

The United States and Britain have launched multiple airstrikes on targets in Yemen's strategic western province of Hudaydah as Yemeni forces continue their maritime operations against Israeli-linked vessels in the Red Sea.

Yemen's official Saba news agency, citing a security source speaking on condition of anonymity, reported that three airstrikes hit the Salif district in the province on Wednesday. No further details about any casualties were immediately available.

The development came only days after US and British forces conducted six strikes against Hudaydah International Airport. They also carried out four air raids on Kamaran Island.

Yemenis have declared their open support for Palestine’s struggle against the Israeli occupation since the regime launched a devastating war on Gaza on October 7 after the territory’s Palestinian resistance movements carried out a surprise retaliatory attack, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, against the occupying entity.

The Yemeni Armed Forces have said that they won’t stop their attacks until unrelenting Israeli ground and aerial offensives in Gaza end.

Israel has killed nearly 37,400 people and wounded over 85,500 individuals in Gaza since October.

Leader of the Ansarullah resistance movement Abdul-Malik al-Houthi has said it is “a great honor and blessing to be confronting America directly.”

The attacks have forced some of the world’s biggest shipping and oil companies to suspend transit through one of the world’s most important maritime trade routes. Tankers are instead adding thousands of miles to international shipping routes by sailing around the continent of Africa rather than going through the Suez Canal.

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