The US does not want conflict with the Houthi rebels in Yemen. John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the White House National Security Council, announced this on January 14.
“Nobody wants a conflict with the Houthis. We do not seek conflict with Yemen. In this case, we are trying to stop the attacks,” he told CBS.
The Houthis began attacking shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden from November 2023 to protest Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip. On the night of January 12, the US and UK launched an attack on Houthi targets, allegedly to protect international shipping. The White House said the attack, carried out in movement-controlled areas of the country, was defensive in nature.
The repeated US attack on Houthi positions in Yemen became known on January 13. The Pentagon called the Houthi radar the target of a new attack on Yemen. Commenting on this, US President Joe Biden said that the coalition took necessary and proportionate measures in accordance with international law and the UN Charter.
In turn, Hussein al-Ezzi, Deputy Foreign Minister in the government of the Ansar Allah group, said that the United States and Great Britain would pay for the attack.
Russia condemned the US and British strikes on Yemen and called them illegitimate. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova called this attack a threat to peace and security.
On January 14, the Russian Embassy in Yemen stated that US and British strikes on targets on the territory of the state threaten to further deteriorate the situation of the country’s citizens. The representative office also indicated that, according to various estimates, there may be several hundred Russians on the territory of the republic. In view of this, the embassy continues to closely monitor the situation.