US launches additional strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen

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In this handout image provided by the UK Ministry of Defence, an RAF Typhoon aircraft returns to berth following a strike mission on Yemen’s Houthi rebels at RAF Akrotiri on January 12, 2024 in Akrotiri, Cyprus.

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In this handout image provided by the UK Ministry of Defence, an RAF Typhoon aircraft returns to berth following a strike mission on Yemen’s Houthi rebels at RAF Akrotiri on January 12, 2024 in Akrotiri, Cyprus.

Handout/MoD Crown Copyright via Getty Images

Additional strikes on Houthi targets were underway early Saturday in Yemen, a U.S. defense has official told NPR.

Word of the strikes come a day after President Biden authorized an initial series of airstrikes on Houthi forces because of what he called “reckless attacks” by the Houthis against international cargo ships and U.S. warships in the Red Sea.

The United States and United Kingdom, along with other allies, hit 60 targets at 16 different locations on Thursday, according to the commander of U.S. air operations in the Middle East, Air Force Lieutenant-General Alex Grynkewich.

Department of Defense’s press secretary Major General Patrick Ryder told NPR’s Morning Edition that the administration hopes this attack on Houthi targets will put an end to Houthi strikes in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The Houthis have ignored two previous ultimatums from the U.S. and other countries and continued their attacks in the region. More than 2,000 ships have had to divert their course to avoid the Red Sea, which is going to cause delays in international shipping for consumers.

If the Houthi attacks continue, there is widespread concern that the conflict will expand further into the region and continue to disrupt the global economy.