The Middle East is now reportedly preparing for major coalition strikes commanded by the United States against Houthi positions, following the Yemeni rebel force’s Tuesday barrage of missiles and drones that violated an ultimatum to cease its attacks on ships transiting the Red Sea.
Western diplomats have informed maritime executives that targets in the vicinity of the Yemeni cities of Hodeida and Hajjah would likely consist of radars, weapons depots, and sites for the launch of missiles and drones.
Joe Biden, the US President, is expected to make a statement tonight in the wake of military strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen
The strikes are expected shortly, with a series of carefully choreographed statements from the US, the UK and other international…
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The infrastructure of the capital city of San’a is also among the potential targets, according to the executives.
Furthermore, early in November, the United Nations issued a statement indicating that a newly established Houthi naval base in the Zubayr archipelago and Kamaran Island, both located near Hodeida, present potential hazards to international shipping.
In anticipation of an attack by the United States and its allies, Houthi forces have reportedly relocated and fortified certain weapons and equipment.
The Houthis have launched missiles and drones at Israel and shipping traffic in the Red Sea in response to the conflict between Hamas and Israel, dashed expectations for a cessation of that military campaign.
The Biden administration and the coalition headed by the United States have thus far refrained from taking excessively forceful action against the Houthi for fear of inciting a regional conflict.
UPDATE: according to new reports U.S. Airstrikes have now officially begun
BREAKING: US and UK are now attacking the Houthis in Yemen, US officials say – Voa News
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U.S. and British Airstrikes have begun on Houthi Positions near the City of Hodeidah in Western Yemen, with several Explosions being heard near the Port.
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