Airstrikes hit several locations in Yemen: witnesses, UK

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Joint US-British airstrikes hit several locations in Yemen from Thursday to Friday, including the capital Sanaa and a key port city, witnesses and British authorities said.

AFP journalists heard loud explosions in Sanaa and the port city of Hodeida.

Houthi-controlled rebel broadcaster Al-Masirah said the attacks also targeted telecom infrastructure in the city of Taez.

It reported that “several” people were killed or injured in the strikes.

It was not immediately possible to independently verify the claim.

The British Ministry of Defense said in a statement that its aircraft launched strikes in “a joint operation with US forces against the Houthis’ military facilities to undermine their ability to continue their attacks on international shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden”.

Since January, the United States and Britain have launched retaliatory strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen in response to attacks on shipping.

The attacks have done little to deter the Houthis, who have vowed to target American and British ships and all ships sailing to Israeli ports.

They said on Wednesday they had attacked a Greek-owned bulk carrier and several other ships in response to Israeli attacks on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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