Multiple sites in Yemen were targeted by American and British forces on Saturday as part of the second phase of their military campaign against military organizations backed by Iran. These strikes came after the United States conducted attacks on Friday in Syria and Iraq, targeting locations associated with Iran-supported militia groups and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The Friday attacks were a response to the deaths of three American service members in Jordan. According to officials, U.S. F/A-18 fighter jets from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier and ships stationed in the Red Sea fired Tomahawk missiles during the operations. The destroyers USS Gravely and USS Carney were also involved in launching missiles.
“As part of ongoing international efforts to respond to increased Iranian-backed Houthi destabilizing and illegal activities in the region, on Feb. 3 at approximately 11:30 p.m. (Sanaa time), U.S. Central Command forces, alongside UK Armed Forces and with the support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and New Zealand conducted strikes against 36 Houthi targets at 13 locations in Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist-controlled areas of Yemen,” U.S. Central Command announced.
U.S. Forces, Allies Conduct Joint Strikes in Yemen
As part of ongoing international efforts to respond to increased Iranian-backed Houthi destabilizing and illegal activities in the region, on Feb. 3 at approximately 11:30 p.m. (Sanaa time), U.S. Central Command forces,… pic.twitter.com/hlfLY1QjOd
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) February 3, 2024
According to a news release from U.S. Central Command, American ships successfully thwarted Houthi attempts to target shipping in and around the Red Sea on Friday. In the Gulf of Aden, the Carney intercepted and destroyed a drone in the morning. Later in the afternoon, American forces launched an offensive against four locations that were preparing to launch drones.
As the day progressed, the USS Laboon and F/A-18s from the Eisenhower engaged and neutralized seven drones in the evening. Central Command emphasized in a post on X on Saturday that their actions were aimed at preventing the launch of six anti-ship cruise missiles by the Houthis.
Following the attacks, Houthi leader Mohammed Al-Bukhaiti stated, as reported by NBC, that the Houthis would respond to escalation with escalation.
“Our military operations against the Zionist entity will continue until the aggression against Gaza stops, no matter what sacrifices it costs us,” Al-Bukhaiti said “We will meet escalation with escalation, and victory comes only from God.”