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US, UK jets strike targets in Yemen after fresh pro-Palestine operation in Red Sea

An aircraft takes off to join the US-led coalition against targets in Yemen, aimed at the Yemeni Armed Forces that have been targeting Israeli-affiliated shipping in the Red Sea, from an undisclosed location, in this screen grab from a handout video released on January 12, 2024. (Photo via Reuters)

American and British forces have carried out a series of airstrikes against positions across Yemen, including the capital Sana’a, as the Yemeni Armed Forces stepped up their attacks on Israeli-linked ships in the Red Sea in protest against the brutal war on Gaza.

Yemen's official Saba news agency reported that three airstrikes hit a pesticide factory in the al-Nahda neighborhood of Sana’a early on Sunday. No further details about any casualties were immediately available.

The US-British coalition also conducted six raids against the Faj Attan neighborhood, while locations in three areas of al-Nahdain were bombed on three occasions.

Two airstrikes were conducted against the Jabal Aram mountainous area in the Hamdan district. Another three raids hit the Sarf area in the Bani Hushaysh district.

Elsewhere in Yemen's southwestern province of Ta'izz, the US and the UK carried out two aerial assaults on communication facilities in the Qaradha area of the Hayfan district.

Telecommunications equipment in the Shamir area of the Maqbanah district was struck as well.

US and British forces also launched two raids on al-Jar farmland in the Abs district of the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah.

Meanwhile, the US and UK said in a joint statement on Saturday that their military action targeted 18 sites across eight locations in Yemen.

It went on to say that the attacks were supported by Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

The developments came hours after the spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, announced that the country’s naval units had targeted the American oil tanker TORM THOR in the Gulf of Aden with a number of anti-ship missiles.

In a televised statement, Saree added that the Yemeni forces also targeted American warships in the Red Sea with several drones.

He stressed that these operations come in support of the Palestinians, who are enduring Israeli aggression and siege in blockaded Gaza, and are in response to US and British airstrikes on Yemen.

Yemenis have declared their open support for Palestine’s struggle against the Israeli occupation since the regime launched a devastating war on Gaza on October 7 after the territory’s Palestinian resistance movements carried out the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm.

The Yemeni Armed Forces have said they won’t stop retaliatory strikes.

The maritime attacks have forced some of the world’s biggest shipping and oil companies to suspend transit through one of the world’s most important maritime trade routes.

Tankers are instead adding thousands of miles to international shipping routes by sailing around the continent of Africa rather than going through the Suez Canal.

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