Britain launches 2nd blitz on Houthi rebels with RAF Typhoon jets’ laser guided bombs after attacks on ships in Red Sea

Britain launches 2nd blitz on Houthi rebels with RAF Typhoon jets’ laser guided bombs after attacks on ships in Red Sea

BRITAIN has today launched its second blitz on Houthi rebels after they refused to halt attacks on ships in the Red Sea.

White House officials this evening said RAF Typhoon jets unleashed laser-guided bombs in a joint strike with UK forces.

UK Ministry of Defence / Crown 2024Britain has launched its second blitz on Houthi rebels, as it did with a RAF Typhoon earlier this month[/caption]

Sky NewsHuge explosions rang out across 16 locations in Yemen on January 11[/caption]

A jet left the Cyprus base headed for Yemen in the first blitz

EPANewly recruited members of the Houthis marched with weapons in hand today[/caption]

It came just hours after Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden warned the Iranian-backed militants they would strike Yemen again “if needed”.

The leaders put out the statement after it was revealed elite US commandos were lost at sea on January 11 as they stormed a vessel packed with missile parts from Iran.

ABC News tonight reported the White House said it had staged multiple air strikes.

United States Department of Defense then confirmed it had begun attacking Houthi targets in Yemen alongside the UK, CBS News reported.

Officials then confirmed they had taken out Houthi missile storage sites and launchers in the blitz.

The strikes were another dramatic escalation in the crisis that for weeks has been threatening to ignite an all-out war across the Middle East over Israel’s ongoing battle with Hamas.

This is the second blitz, after the first meticulously planned operation earlier this month.

At the time aircraft made their way from Cyprus to Yemen and back in hours, refuelling mid-air after they destroyed the targets.

But in the days that followed it was revealed about 30% of Houthis’ drone and missile stashes survived the attack.

Earlier this evening the PM and President warned further “targeted military action to degrade Houthi capabilities” was on the table.

During a call with the White House, No10 said the pair “paid tribute to the British and American personnel who are currently working closely together to uphold freedom of navigation and protect lives in the Red Sea”.

The Prime Minister passed on his condolences on the death of two US Navy Seals confirmed today.

Mr Sukak said: “The leaders condemned the surge in violent Houthi attacks on commercial ships transiting the area and undertook to continue efforts alongside international partners to deter and disrupt those attacks. 

“This includes work through the multinational Operation Prosperity Guardian, putting diplomatic pressure on Iran to cease their support of Houthi activity and, as needed, targeted military action to degrade Houthi capabilities.”

It was yesterday claimed Houthi militants were trying to get more weapons to ramp up Red Sea missile strikes.

US Intelligences said the rebel group were thought to be preparing for a strike on Western forces now.

The intel revealed the rebels have been carefully curating their plan of attack – pinpointing when the strikes would be ramped up and how they would gather the necessary weapons.

There are concerns the militants will receive even more lethal weapons from Tehran in the weeks to come.

Who are the Houthis?

THE Houthi rebels are terrorising vessels in the Red Sea and now their bases were blitzed in US and UK strikes – but who are they?

The Shia militant group, which now controls most of Yemen, spent over a decade being largely ignored by the world.

However, since the outbreak of the Israel-Gaza war they sprung from relative obscurity to holding roughly £1trillion of world trade hostage – turning one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes into an active warzone.

Why are they attacking ships?

The rebel group has been launching relentless drone and missile attacks on any ships they deem to be connected with Israel in solidarity with their ally Hamas.

The sea assaults have threatened to ignite a full-blown war in the Middle East as ripples from Israel’s war in Gaza are felt across the region – with Iran suspected of stoking the chaos.

However, there have been frequent attacks on commercial vessels with little or no link to Israel – forcing global sea traffic to halt operations in the region and sending shipping prices soaring.

Houthi attacks in the Red Sea increased 50 per cent between November and December.

Their slogan is “Death to America, Death to Israel, curse the Jews and victory to Islam”.

And the rebel group’s leaders have previously pledged the attacks will continue until Israel stops its devastating offensive inside Gaza.

On Thursday night, explosions rang out in Yemen and President Biden and PM Rishi Sunak struck over 60 Houthi targets.

More than 60 targets across 16 sites in Yemen were struck 11 days ago in a joint US and UK operation.

Jets, warships and submarines were used in attacks on Yemen’s capital Sanaa, as well as four other regions, Sadah, Hodeidah, Taiz, and Dhamar.

Command and control centres, munition stores, launching bases, production facilities and air defence radar systems were wiped out in the attacks, the US said.

In the Janurary 11 strikes western forces led by the UK and US obliterated 60 military targets in total under the cover of darkness, weakening the Iran-backed terror proxy in Yemen.

Laser-guided Tomahawk missiles and Paveway bombs, 1,200mph fighter jets, Reaper drones and destroyers were used alongside the RAF planes.

It was the first time strikes had been launched against the Houthis following months of brutal Red Sea attacks.

The Ministry of Defence today released dramatic footage of the moment RAF Typhoons conducted precision strikes on two key Houthi military targets.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the “targeted strikes” were “limited, necessary and proportionate action in self defence”.

Iran has historically backed the Houthis, providing them with all they require in terms of weapons, training and funding.

This month, US Navy Seals were able to seize one weapons shipment from Iran to the Houthis – intercepting a small boat filled with ballistic and anti-ship missiles.

UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday warned that Iran is “playing a dangerous game” in aiding the Houthi rebel attacks.

He told GB News: “If you look at the situation throughout the region, throughout the Middle East, you’ve got the Iranian-backed Houthis, you’ve got Lebanese Hezbollah, you’ve got Hamas themselves trained by Iran.”

Ministry of DefenceA RAF Typhoon fighter plane was said to have been used to carry out the strikes today[/caption]

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