US military says struck Houthi underground storage sites in Yemen

AFP , Saturday 23 Mar 2024

The US military said it had struck three underground storage facilities used by Yemen's Houthis, as the rebels continue to launch attacks on shipping in the Red Sea, against the backdrop of the Israeli war on Gaza.

Huthi military spokesman Brigadier Yahya Saree
Houthi military spokesman Brigadier Yahya Saree arrives to deliver a statement during a rally in Sanaa in solidarity with Palestinians on March 15, 2024 amid the ongoing Israeli genocidal war on Gaza. AFP


US forces "conducted self-defense strikes against three Houthi underground storage facilities," Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement.

It said US forces had also "engaged and destroyed four unmanned aerial vehicles" in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen throughout Friday, while also registering four anti-ship ballistic missiles fired by the Houthis toward the Red Sea.

"There were no injuries or damage reported by U.S., coalition, or commercial ships," CENTCOM said.

The Houthis began attacking ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea in November, a campaign to signal solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

They have vowed to target Israeli, British, and American ships, as well as vessels heading to Israeli ports, disrupting traffic through the vital trade route off Yemen's coasts.

The attacks have sent insurance costs spiraling for vessels transiting the Red Sea and prompted many shipping firms to take the far longer passage around the southern tip of Africa instead.

Short link: