Houthis vow response after US, UK strike dozens of Yemen targets


“UNACCEPTABLE”

Anger over Israel’s devastating campaign in Gaza, which began after an unprecedented Hamas attack on Oct 7, has grown across the Middle East, stoking violence involving Iran-backed groups in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

On Jan 28, a drone slammed into a base in Jordan, killing three US soldiers and wounding more than 40 – an attack Washington blamed on Tehran-aligned forces.

US and allied troops in the region have been attacked more than 165 times since mid-October, mostly in Iraq and Syria, but the Jordan deaths were the first from hostile fire during that period.

The United States responded on Friday with strikes against dozens of targets at seven Tehran-linked facilities in Iraq and Syria, but did not hit Iranian territory.

Diplomatic sources have said the UN Security Council would convene on Monday, after Russia called for a meeting “over the threat to peace and safety created by US strikes on Syria and Iraq”.

Iran denounced the Saturday strikes on Yemen, saying they “contradict” declared intentions by Washington and London to avoid a “wider conflict” in the Middle East.

Hamas called the US and British attacks “an escalation that will drag the region into further turmoil”.

But British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said Tehran is ultimately responsible for the violence, telling the Sunday Times that “we need to send the clearest possible signal to Iran that what they’re doing through their proxies is unacceptable”.

“You created them, you backed them, you financed them, you provided them with weapons, and you will ultimately be held accountable for what they do,” Cameron said.



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