Report: US Launches Strike on Iran-Backed Houthis in Yemen’s Capital

US-UK-led coalition conducted extensive airstrikes in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, and other areas controlled by the Iran-backed Houthi militia on Saturday night. The targeted sites included Sana’a, Al-Barah, Hayfan, Hajjah, Dhamar, and al-Bayda, as reported by the Houthi-affiliated Al-Masirah news. Footage from the scene showed repeated explosions in several locations around Sana’a.

A man holds up a gun, as Houthi supporters rally to commemorate ten Houthi fighters killed by the US Navy in the Red Sea, in Sanaa, Yemen January 5, 2024 (credit: REUTERS/KHALED ABDULLAH)

US strikes Houthi anti-ship missiles, intercepts drones

The airstrikes came after US Central Command (CENTCOM) targeted six Houthi anti-ship cruise missiles prepared to launch against ships in the Red Sea. CENTCOM emphasized that the missiles posed an “imminent threat” to US Navy ships and merchant vessels. The USS Carney shot down a UAV over the Gulf of Aden, and CENTCOM conducted strikes against four Houthi UAVs prepared for launch. Additionally, the USS Laboon and F/A-18s from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group shot down seven UAVs over the Red Sea.