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U.S. Conducts More Airstrikes Against Houthi Anti-Ship Missile Launchers

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The White House confirmed U.S. airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi insurgents of Yemen, destroying anti-ship missiles the Houthis were preparing to launch.

Despite this, the Houthis managed to hit a Greek-owned cargo ship in the Red Sea.

The U.S. is not seeking war but expects retaliatory strikes. U.S. and allied naval forces have effectively intercepted Houthi attacks, preventing major casualties.

“We’re not looking for a war. We’re not looking to expand this. The Houthis have a choice to make and they still have time to make the right choice, which is to stop these reckless attacks,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said.

“We believe that we did have a good effect with those strikes in terms of disrupting and degrading their capability to conduct military offensive operations,” he said.

“Just because there hasn’t been a catastrophically successful [Houthi attack] yet, thanks to a lot of great work by the U.S. Navy and allied and partner navies, doesn’t mean that we can just turn a blind eye, and sit back, and do nothing. We want these attacks to stop,” he added.

“We warned the Houthis not to conduct them. They continued to conduct them. So we took action on Friday night to more significantly degrade their capability to do that,” he said.

The Houthis claimed responsibility, citing ongoing attacks until Israel halts operations against Hamas in Gaza.

The U.S. and allies are prepared to take further action if needed.

“Our position on the events in Palestine and the aggression against Gaza has not changed and would not change, neither after the strike nor after the threats. The attacks to prevent Israeli ships or those heading to the ports of occupied Palestine are continuing,” Houthi chief negotiator Mohammed Abdulsalam said.

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