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UN Expresses Concerns Over Daily Attacks; U.S. Strikes Houthi-Controlled Targets

By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

In a recent development, U.S. Central Command forces carried out a self-defense strike in Yemen against two Houthi explosive uncrewed surface vehicles, marking another escalation in the ongoing tensions in the Middle East. This action comes amid growing concerns expressed by the United Nations Security Council regarding the frequency of daily attacks in the region.

The strike, which occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m., Sanaa time, follows closely on the heels of joint U.S. and British airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi-controlled military targets. These strikes, conducted two days prior, targeted 36 Houthi locations across Yemen and were a robust response to recent Red Sea attacks. Notably, the operations received support from allies, including Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, and others.

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) reported an additional attack on Sunday, focusing on anti-ship cruise missiles. According to CENTCOM, these actions aim to safeguard freedom of navigation, ensuring the safety of U.S. Navy vessels and merchant ships in international waters.

The United States has been involved in military actions in Yemen since January 11, responding to Houthi attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. These attacks coincide with Israel’s conflict with Hamas, another Iran-backed militia, while the Houthis assert that their actions are in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

The Biden administration has consistently characterized its military engagements as defensive, seeking to degrade the rebels’ capabilities to target ships transiting crucial trade routes. However, the situation has become more complex as Iran-backed groups in Iraq and Syria escalate their strikes against U.S. military installations, prompting retaliatory actions from the U.S.

In response to the recent U.S. strikes in Iraq and Syria, the U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday. Rosemary DiCarlo, U.N. Political Affairs chief, warned that the escalating attacks in the region increase the risk of miscalculation. She highlighted the near-daily incidents, including numerous attacks on U.S. facilities, emphasizing the urgent need for all parties to step back and consider the potential human and economic cost of a regional conflict.

The recent series of events, including drone attacks in Jordan and the extensive airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, underscore the complexity and volatility of the geopolitical landscape. As diplomatic efforts continue, the international community closely watches the situation unfold, hoping for a de-escalation of tensions in the region.

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