“If you burn Sanaa, we will always stand with Gaza.”
This is how one Yemeni man reacted as he filmed US and UK forces bombing Yemen’s Houthi-held capital city, Sanaa ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/oqQAhyVYjY
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) February 4, 2024
Did anyone believe the Houthis were going to back down? I don’t think anyone, anywhere believed that.
All actions by the US in the region are necessarily unnecessarily escalatory.
Why does the US have a pact to be the police of the Middle East?
Is it because America is run by the Jews?
The United States and Britain launched strikes against 36 Houthi targets in Yemen, in the second day of major U.S. operations against Iran-linked groups following a deadly attack on American troops last weekend.
The strikes late on Saturday hit buried weapons storage facilities, missile systems, launchers and other capabilities the Houthis have used to attack Red Sea shipping, the Pentagon said, adding it targeted 13 locations across the country.
They are the latest blows in a conflict that has spread into the Middle East since Oct. 7, when the Palestinian militant group Hamas stormed Israel from the Gaza Strip, igniting a war that has drawn Tehran-backed groups into attacks on U.S. and Israeli targets on several fronts.
The Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said the strikes “will not pass without a response and consequences.”
Houthi aesthetics are on point.
Iran’s foreign ministry said the latest attacks on Yemen were “a flagrant violation of international law by the United States and Britain”, warning the continuation of such attacks was a “worrying threat to international peace and security”.
The Pentagon has said it does not want war with Iran and does not believe Tehran wants war either. U.S. Republicans have been putting pressure on President Joe Biden, a Democrat, to deal a blow to Iran directly.
The Houthis, who control swathes of Yemen, say their attacks are in solidarity with Palestinians as Israel strikes Gaza. The U.S. and its allies characterize them as indiscriminate and a menace to global trade.
Major shipping lines have largely abandoned Red Sea shipping lanes for longer routes around Africa. This has increased costs, feeding worries about global inflation while denying Egypt crucial foreign revenue from use of the Suez Canal.
The U.S. has carried out more than a dozen strikes against Houthi targets in the past several weeks.
Sarea, the Houthi spokesperson, suggested in a statement on social media that the group would press on.
“These attacks will not deter us from our ethical, religious and humanitarian stance in support of the resilient Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip,” Sarea said.
People need to understand the reality of this new drone warfare. In order to stop these successful hits on ships in the Red Sea, the US would have to kill every last Houthi. Because if there is one guy left, he’s going to be firing off these drones.
— SUPER (@SUPER4910639656) January 29, 2024