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Houthis issue furious response after US, UK launch more strikes on Iran-backed group

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Houthi rebels have promised to escalate their actions in response to U.S. and U.K. strikes in Yemen following a drone attack on a U.S. base in Jordan.

The U.S. has vowed to respond to attacks on its forces and is targeting Iran-backed groups in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, posted, “The US-British coalition’s bombing of a number of Yemeni provinces will not change our position, and we affirm that our military operations against Israel will continue until the crimes of genocide in Gaza are stopped and the siege on its residents is lifted, no matter the sacrifices it costs us.”

“Our war is moral, and if we had not intervened to support the oppressed in Gaza, humanity would not have existed among humans. The American-British aggression against Yemen will not go unanswered, and we will meet escalation with escalation,” he continued.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan refused to rule out the possibility of carrying out strikes within Iran.

Sullivan said, “The president has approached this with a straightforward principle, which is that the United States will step up and respond when our forces are attacked. And the United States also is not looking for a wider war in the Middle East. We are not looking to take the United States to war. So we are going to continue to pursue a policy that goes down both of those lines simultaneously, that responds with force and clarity, as we did on Friday night, but also that continues to hew to an approach that does not get the United States pulled into a war, that we have seen too frequently in the Middle East.”

“Look, sitting on a national TV program, I’m not going to rule in and rule out any activity anywhere. What I am going to say is that the president will do what he thinks needs to be done and again, reinforce the point that he’s going to defend our forces, and also that he is not looking to get into a war,” explained Sullivan.

IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said, “We do not choose war as our first priority, but we are certainly prepared.”

“We will continue to act wherever Hezbollah is present, we will continue to act wherever it is required in the Middle East. What is true for Lebanon is true for Syria, and is true for other more distant places,” he continued.

Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah also pose a threat, with Hezbollah launching missiles into Israel and Israeli military officials warning of potential invasion.

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