US, UK strike Houthi targets in Yemen in retaliation to Red Sea shipping attacks

The US and UK – with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands – carried out joint retaliatory strikes on more than 60 targets at 16 different Houthi facilities across Yemen on January 12, with the aim of degrading the Iran-backed militant group from continuing their illegal attacks on multinational shipping vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

An RAF-operated Typhoon FGR4 thunders into the sky over RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, for a long-range strike mission against Houthi targets in Yemen on January 12, 2024.
An RAF-operated Typhoon FGR4 thunders into the sky over RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, for a long-range strike mission against Houthi targets in Yemen on January 12, 2024. MOD Crown Copyright/Sgt Lee Goddard

The strikes – which were authorised by US President Joe Biden and came as part of the US-led Operation Prosperity Guardian – were launched at approximately 0230hrs (local time) and targeted known Houthi-operated command-and-control (C2) nodes, radar and air defence systems, production facilities and ballistic/cruise missile and kamikaze drone storage facilities and launch sites. These airstrikes were carried out by a mix of US Navy and RAF multi-role fighters and US-operated surface and subsurface vessels.

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