This defensive action took place shortly after the initial strikes against the Houthi rebels, likely within a timeframe of 15 to 30 minutes from the main operation….reports Asian Lite News
Following the second round of joint American-British strikes against Yemeni rebels, the United States swiftly neutralized an imminent threat posed by a Houthi anti-ship cruise missile, as revealed by the Pentagon on Tuesday.
Pentagon spokesman Major General Pat Ryder stated that, in an act of self-defense, the U.S. targeted and destroyed the cruise missile, preventing a potential launch that could have posed a serious threat to vessels in the region.
This defensive action took place shortly after the initial strikes against the Houthi rebels, likely within a timeframe of 15 to 30 minutes from the main operation.
On Monday, the US-British coalition struck Houthi camps in Yemen’s capital and other provinces at midnight.
The strikes targetted the al-Hafa camp in eastern Sanaa and the al-Daylami air base in the north. They also hit sites in Rada, a city in the central province of al-Bayda, and Maqbanah area in the southwestern province of Taiz, the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV said without giving details.
Residents said the explosions were powerful and their sounds could be heard across the city, Xinhua news agency reported.
The strikes came hours after the Houthis said they launched a missile attack at a US military ship in the Gulf of Aden on Monday and claimed a direct hit. The US side did not comment on the alleged attack.
The US-Britain maritime coalition in the Red Sea has carried out several airstrikes on Houthi camps in various northern provinces of Yemen. The coalition said these actions are aimed at preventing the Houthi group from launching missile and drone attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea shipping lane.
The Houthi group vowed to continue targetting ships linked to Israel in the Red Sea until Israel ends its war and blockade on Gaza, a Palestinian territory.
Last week, the US re-designated the Houthi group as a global terrorist organisation and said the move would not affect food and medicine supplies to northern Yemen.