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US, UK launch new strikes on Yemen’s Hudaydah, Kamaran Island

The US-UK coalition launches strikes against Yemeni targets on February 3, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

The United States and Britain have carried out extensive attacks on a key airport in western Yemen and an island near the port of Salif off the Red Sea.

Yemen’s al-Masirah television channel reported on Monday that the US and British warplanes conducted at least six airstrikes on Yemen’s Hudaydah International airport.

They also carried out four air raids on Kamaran Island.

The report provided no information about possible casualties or damage.

The attacks came after the Yemeni Armed Forces said late Sunday that they had conducted new anti-Israel and anti-US operations, targeting three vessels in nearby waters, including an American destroyer, with missiles and drones.

In a statement, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Yemeni army, said the new operations were carried out in response to Israel’s crimes against Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and also in retaliation for acts of aggression against Yemen by the United States and Britain.

The US and its allies have been bombing Yemen in recent months in violation of the country’s sovereignty and international law.

The illegal air raids came in response to Yemen’s maritime campaign in solidarity with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

In the pro-Palestine campaign, Yemeni forces have targeted ships going to and from ports in the occupied territories, or whose owners are linked to Israel, in the southern Red Sea, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, the Gulf of Aden, and even in the Arabian Sea. They have also attacked American and British vessels in the same waters.

Regional tensions escalated after Israel waged a US-backed genocidal war on Gaza on October 7 following a historic operation by the Palestinian Hamas resistance group against the occupying regime.

Israel has killed over 37,340 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured more than 85,300 others in Gaza since early October.

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