The United States launched a new air strike against the Houthis in Yemen

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The United States carried out another airstrike targeting a Houthi missile facility in Yemen, according to three US officials.

The so-called self-defense strike targeted four Houthi ballistic missiles that were prepared for launch and pose an imminent threat to commercial and US Navy ships, according to two US officials.

On Thursday night, the US and UK used Tomahawk missiles and fighter jets to strike nearly 30 Houthi sites linked to Houthi drone and missile attacks on commercial ships.

Photo: The bulk carrier Gibraltar Eagle is seen off Kristiansand, Norway, June 29, 2023. Houthi rebels fire a missile that hits the US-owned ship, January 15, 2024, off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden.

The bulk carrier Gibraltar Eagle is seen off Kristiansand, Norway, on June 29, 2023. Houthi rebels fired a missile that hit the US-owned ship, on January 15, 2024, off the coast of Yemen in the Gulf of Aden.

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The United States carried out a second night of retaliatory strikes on Friday night after a Houthi missile attack on a commercial failed after the missile fell into the ocean.

News of the new air raid was the first mentioned By Reuters.

The airstrikes come two days after continued Houthi attacks on commercial ships off the Red Sea, bringing the number of missile and drone attacks launched by the Houthis there and in the Gulf of Aden since mid-November to more than 30.

Monday M/V Gibraltar Eagle. A US-owned and operated container ship sailing in the Gulf of Aden was hit by an anti-ship ballistic missile, according to US Central Command. There were no casualties and no major damage was caused to the ship, which continued its journey.

Image: Yemeni demonstrators loyal to the Houthi movement raise their rifles as they participate in a protest against Israel's ongoing war on Gaza. Blinken warns of a military response to rebel attacks in the Red Sea on January 11, 2024 in Sanaa, Yemen.

Yemeni demonstrators loyal to the Houthi movement raise their rifles as they participate in a protest against the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza and US and UK threats amid US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s warning of a military response to rebel attacks in the Red Sea on January 11, 2024 in Sanaa, Yemen.

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On Tuesday, UK Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the Royal Navy and provides updates on maritime security in the region, reported that a vessel “was struck above the waterline, there were no fires and no casualties” and the vessel continued sailing toward its destination.

An anti-ship ballistic missile fired from a Houthi-controlled area in Yemen hit the M/V Zografia, a Maltese-flagged bulk carrier sailing in the southern Red Sea, a US defense official confirmed.

The Houthis also claimed in a statement that they targeted the ship “after the ship’s crew rejected warning calls, including fiery warning messages.”

US Central Command revealed on Tuesday that two US Navy SEALs who disappeared while boarding a ship at night in the Gulf of Aden were part of an operation that seized components of Iranian-made ballistic missiles and cruise missiles used in Houthi attacks on ships.

The search for the missing seals continues.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Tomahawk missiles were not used in the latest US strike.

This article originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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