The United States launched the fourth round of strikes within a week against Houthi targets in Yemen

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The United States carried out its fourth round of strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen in just under a week on Wednesday after the Houthis… It continued to target merchant shipsA US official confirmed to CBS News. The official added that the strikes targeted several sites that were prepared to launch attacks.

Initial reports of the raids appeared in local sources on social media.

The Houthis struck a US-owned and operated commercial ship on Wednesday, according to a statement by US Central Command. Some damage was reported but no casualties.

It was the latest in a series of Attacks launched by the Houthis On commercial ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden since November 19 Another Monday It targeted US-owned ships, apparently in defiance of US-led strikes last Thursday and two additional rounds of strikes carried out by the US since then.

The US and UK, with support from other countries, carried out the initial strikes last week, targeting just under 30 sites and using more than 150 different types of munitions.

The United States unilaterally launched two more rounds of strikes – Early Saturday morning In Yemen against a Houthi radar site, another round on Tuesday destroyed four anti-ship ballistic missiles that were “prepared for launch,” according to a US Central Command statement.

Despite these strikes, the Houthis vowed to continue their attacks in the vital waterway. The Houthis, who are funded and equipped by Iran, said the attacks were intended to protest Israel’s war in Gaza, but US officials said many of the ships they targeted had no connection to Israel or its war.

Pentagon press secretary Maj. Gen. Patrick Ryder said on Wednesday, when asked whether the U.S.-led strikes were ineffective given the Houthis’ continued offensive, that the Pentagon believes the strikes “weakened” the Houthis’ ability to attack.

“They clearly maintained some capabilities, and we expected that after any action, there would likely be some retaliatory strikes,” Ryder said.

The Biden administration tried to prevent the war between Israel and Hamas from spreading into a broader conflict, but since that war began, there has been a constant rhythm of attacks against American forces by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria along with Houthi attacks. On merchant ships.

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