Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

NNA – The Houthi#39;s Al-Masirah television said on Friday 16 people had been killed and 35 wounded in U.S. and British strikes on Yemen#39;s Hodeidah province.

The outlet reported that the strikes targeted a radio building in Hodeidah#39;s Al-Hawk district and port of Salif.

The U.S. and British militaries said they launched strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen on Thursday as part of efforts to deter the militant group from further disrupting shipping in the Red Sea.

The U.S. Central Command said in a statement that U.S. and British forces had hit 13 targets in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen.

The British defence ministry said the joint operation targeted three locations in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, which it said housed drones and surface-to-air weapons.

quot;As ever, the utmost care was taken in planning the strikes to minimise any risk to civilians or non-military infrastructure,quot; the British defence ministry said in a statement.

quot;Conducting the strikes in the hours of darkness should also have mitigated yet further any such risks.quot;

Houthi spokesperson Mohamed Abdelsalam said the strikes constituted a quot;brutal aggressionquot; against Yemen as quot;punishmentquot; for its position in support of Gaza.

The Houthis, who control Yemen#39;s capital and most populous areas, have attacked international shipping in the Red Sea since November in solidarity with the Palestinians innbsp;the war between Israel and Hamasnbsp;militants, drawing U.S. and British retaliatory strikes since February.–Reutersnbsp;