230 Houthi Targets in Yemen Hit by U.S.

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According to Daniel Flatley and Tony Capaccio of Bloomberg, a senior Pentagon official has disclosed that the US has targeted 230 locations in Yemen in response to Houthi-led assaults on maritime vessels in the Red Sea, providing the most comprehensive public breakdown of these airstrikes to date.

In recent actions, American forces have intercepted vessels transporting lethal assistance from Iran to the Houthi rebels, including drone parts, missile heads, anti-tank missile components, and other materials, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Daniel Shapiro informed a subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

Shapiro described this aid as a "clear violation of international law," noting that although US bombings have presumably eliminated a significant number of Houthi arms, the group remains "committed to sustaining standoff maritime attacks with their remaining inventory of weapons."

This briefing by Shapiro and Tim Lenderking, the US special representative for Yemen's conflict, represents the initial appearance before Congress by US officials regarding President Joe Biden's decision to launch attacks on the Houthis last month. This decision aimed to halt their strikes on the Red Sea, an essential corridor for global trade.

Following the Senate briefing, US Central Command announced that its aircraft, along with a coalition naval vessel, had neutralized five Houthi drones intended for one-way attacks in the Red Sea. This operation took place on Tuesday from 9:50 p.m. to 10:55 p.m. local time, as stated by Centcom on the X social media platform.

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