Middle East

Much of Houthis’ Offensive Capability Is Intact After U.S.-Led Airstrikes

Author: Declan Walsh and Raja Abdulrahim Source: N.Y Times
January 13, 2024 at 15:12
Palestinian children line up for a meal in Rafah, southern Gaza, where food is scarce, last month.Credit...Fatima Shbair/Associated Press
Palestinian children line up for a meal in Rafah, southern Gaza, where food is scarce, last month.Credit...Fatima Shbair/Associated Press

The first detailed assessments of the strikes in Yemen reveal the serious challenge facing the Biden administration as it seeks to deter the militia.

The twin specters of a widening regional war and intensified suffering of civilians loomed over the Middle East on Saturday, after the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen threatened to respond to American airstrikes and a senior U.N. official warned that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza was hurtling toward famine.

An American missile strike, launched from a warship in the Red Sea, hit a radar station outside the Yemeni capital, Sana, early Saturday. The solitary strike came about 24 hours after a much wider barrage of U.S.-led strikes against nearly 30 sites in northern and western Yemen that were intended to deter Houthi attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea, one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

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