Aerial footage shows moment RAF Typhoon strikes Yemen military target
A US fighter aircraft has intercepted and destroyed an anti-ship cruise missile launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen towards the USS Laboon destroyer in the Red Sea, according to the US Central Command.
The UK joined the US-led operation in hitting more than 60 missile and drone targets in response to the group targeting ships in the Red Sea.
But despite around 90 per cent of the targets being hit, two US officials warned on Sunday that the group retained about three-quarters of its ability to fire missiles and drones at vessels using the narrow strip of water.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the New York Times reported that the two officials said only about 20 to 30 per cent of the Houthis’ offensive capability had been destroyed.
They said the difficulty was that many of the Houthis’ offensive weapons were on mobile platforms and could be moved or hidden.
It comes as Lord Cameron warned Britain could strike Houthi targets again if the rebel group continued to attack ships in the Red Sea.
Breaking: Vessel ‘hit by missile from above’ – master says
A vessel has reported being struck by a missile 95 miles southeast of Yemen’s port city of Aden.
The UKMTO says that the captain of a boat has claimed his vessel was “hit from above by a missile”.
So far it is not clear who is behind the strike.
Barney Davis15 January 2024 14:31
Sunak must tell us if he plans more strikes against Houthis, says Starmer
Rishi Sunak should say if it is proposing further action against Houthi rebels and “set out the case for doing so”, Sir Keir Starmer has said.
The Labour leader said the merits of more military intervention would have to be considered on a “case-by-case” basis.
Speaking to broadcasters on a visit to north London, Sir Keir said Labour supports the action against Houthi, and accepted that sometimes when “urgent operational issues” arise it is “not possible” to have a vote in parliament.
Sir Keir drew a distinction between urgent “one-off” operations and a “sustained campaign”, which he said would “require more process in parliament”.
Tom Watling15 January 2024 14:16
Why are Britain and US attacking Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels?
The attacks came after the Houthis launched their largest attack on Red Sea shipping, one of 27 such assaults since 19 November.
Officials said that 21 missiles and drones were fired at warships and commercial vessels near the Bab al-Mandab Strait earlier this week, the southern bottleneck of the Red Sea, with US and UK warships blowing them out of the sky.
Tom Watling15 January 2024 13:50
Mapped: How the US and UK attacks on Houthi rebels took place and what weapons were used?
Huge explosions were seen in Yemeni cities including Sana’a and Hodeidah in the early hours of Friday, with the US military saying 60 strikes were launched against 16 sites linked to the Houthis’ military operations.
Below, The Independent looks at how the attacks unfolded and what weapons were used in the strikes.
Tom Watling15 January 2024 13:20
Attacks on Israeli ships in Red Sea will continue after US strikes -Houthi official
The chief negotiator for Yemen’s Houthis said on Monday that the group’s position has not changed since US-led air strikes on Yemen and warned attacks on ships headed to Israel will continue.
“Attacks to prevent Israeli ships or those heading to the ports of the occupied Palestine will continue,” Mohammed Abdulsalam told Reuters.
He added that the group’s demands are still for an end of the Israeli offensive in Gaza, and allowing humanitarian aid to the north and south of the strip.
Tom Watling15 January 2024 12:50
UK will ‘not hesitate’ to take further action in Red Sea, says Sunak
Rishi Sunak has suggesting he is prepared to authorise further strikes against the Houthis – saying the would “not hesitate” to protect security in the Red Sea.
“Our aim is to de-escalate tensions in the region and actually restore stability back to the area,” the PM said on a visit to Essex – calling the rebels’ attacks on shipping “unacceptable|.
Mr Sunak said: “It’s right that we took proportionate, targeted action against military targets to send a strong message that that behaviour is unacceptable.
“I think it is encumberment on the Houthis to recognise the international condemnation for what they are doing and desist. But we, of course, will not hesitate to protect our security where required.”
Tom Watling15 January 2024 12:15
German stats office: effect of Red Sea attacks unclear for now
The German statistics office said on Monday that it was impossible to say at the moment what effect attacks by Houthi militants in the Red Sea actually had on the economy.
Tom Watling15 January 2024 11:45
Shapps denies US-UK rift and defends saying ‘watch this space’ on strikes
Defence secretary Grant Shapps has defended saying “watch this space” ahead of the UK and US air strikes on Houthi locations last week following a report that it had annoyed the Americans.
The Sunday Times quoted a senior diplomat as saying there was “some real annoyance” in Washington after the remark was made.
Asked about the report, Mr Shapps told Sky News: “That is not true. I speak to my American friends all the time and they – and we – were very clear that we would be signalling the fact that if they didn’t stop, then there would be action.
“And so I used that phrase very deliberately in order to say ‘If this carries on, then we will have to step in’.”
Tom Watling15 January 2024 11:15
Grant Shapps sets out plan on how to defend Britain as UK and US launch strikes on Houthi rebels
Tom Watling15 January 2024 10:53
David Cameron raises prospect of further strikes in Yemen, warning Britain will follow ‘words with actions’
Tom Watling15 January 2024 10:14