(VitalNews.org) – The recent issues with the Iran-backed Houthi group and their attempt to “stop the war on Gaza” by sending out multiple strikes to multiple ships in the Red Sea, have heightened tensions. Houthi leaders warned the United States and the United Kingdom that they would pay a “heavy price” for sending out strikes that hit more than two dozen targets in Yemen.
Senior Houthi official Hussein al-Ezzi wrote on X in response by saying, “America and Britain will undoubtedly have to prepare to pay a heavy price and bear all the dire consequences of this blatant aggression.” Despite the warnings, President Biden stands his ground and threatens to continue with the strikes. The attack killed five people and wounded 6.
Biden said, “We will make sure that we respond to the Houthis if they continue this outrageous behavior along with our allies,” in response to the Houthi threat. When asked if he thought the Houthis were a terrorist group, Biden responded, “I think they are.” It’s said that the military is prepared for the Houthis to respond, but that they “hope that they don’t retaliate.”
On Thursday, the United States sent more than 150 precision-guided munitions, hitting 28 different locations. This strike was a response to Houthi rebels sending strikes at shipping vessels in the Red Sea, despite being told to cease their attacks.
“The American and British enemy bears full responsibility for its criminal aggression against our Yemeni people, and it will not go unanswered and unpunished,” Hussein al-Ezzi said. Iranian officials state that the strike done by the United States is a “clear violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and a breach of international laws.”
The chief negotiator and spokesperson for the Houthi group said that the strikes would not stop them from “supporting Palestine and Gaza” and also stated that they would continue to strike Israeli ships or any that may have the Palestinian ports as their destination.
However, the biggest issue here is that the Houthi rebel group has targeted many ships that are not connected to Israel at all. This has caused a huge disruption to the transportation and distribution that goes through the Red Sea.
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said, ”Today’s coalition action sends a clear message to the Houthis that they will bear the costs if they do not end their illegal attacks.”
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