Middle East crisis - latest: US and UK launch strikes against Houthi targets

President Biden confirms that US and UK military forces, with support from other allies, conducted strikes against targets in Yemen used by Houthis. Earlier, Houthis fired a ballistic missile into international shipping lanes in the Gulf of Aden, the US military said. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Watch Sky News live Why you can trust Sky News Key points US and UK strike Yemen Targets included ‘Houthi missile and radar sites’ Houthis vow to keep attacking ships | Iran reacts Watch: ‘Explosions’ in Yemen Biden: I won’t hesitate to order more | Sunak: We acted in self-defence Analysis: Strikes show West failed to contain crisis – and the region is braced for Iran’s response Explained: Who are the Houthis? | Where are the strikes happening? Analysis: Strikes show West failed to contain crisis – and the region is braced for Iran’s response The strikes this morning reflect the West’s failure to contain the war, US correspondent Mark Stone has said. He said the region, already on edge, is now braced for how Iran and the Houthis will respond. And it is unclear what, if any, collateral damage the strikes caused. “The takeaway this morning is that a Western attempt to contain a crisis in the Middle East has not worked,” said Stone. He pointed to Hezbollah skirmishes on Israel’s northern border and Iranian-proxy attacks on American forces in the region, as well as the Houthis strikes on ships. “Look at all that together and it was clear that containment was not working.” A US administration official told Stone the strikes this morning were conducted with the expectation they will significantly degrade the Houthis ability to attack commercial vessels. It is not yet clear what precisely was hit – the US and UK say they […]

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