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US-led airstrikes hit Yemen's port city: Houthi TV

Xinhua | Updated: 2024-02-27 05:26

A handout picture released by the US Central Command (CENTCOM) on Feb 23 shows the M/V Rubymar, a Belize-flagged, UK-owned bulk carrier leaking oil in the Gulf of Aden after taking significant damage after being attacked on Feb 18. [Photo/Agencies]

SANAA -- The US-British coalition launched five airstrikes on Yemen's port city Hodeidah on Monday, the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported.

The strikes hit the area of Ras Issa in the al-Salif district, northwest of the city. So far, there were no reports of casualties.

According to local residents, the strikes hit a military base.

The armed Houthi group has been launching missile attacks on commercial vessels transiting the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden since last November to show solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza who faced Israeli attacks.

The US-British coalition has since hit back to deter the group from disrupting the freedom of international trade navigation, conducting dozens of airstrikes against Houthi mobile missile launchers and suicide drones.

However, the Houthis have vowed to launch more attacks until Israel ends its war in Gaza.

The armed Houthi group has been controlling much of northern Yemen since the Yemeni civil war broke out in late 2014.

The group tightened its grip over the strategic Red Sea port city of Hodeidah since the 2018 UN-sponsored Stockholm Agreement, which was backed by the United States and Britain, forcing the Yemeni internationally recognized government out.

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