In recent developments, Iran-backed Houthi rebels have issued a stern warning in response to joint U.S.-British retaliatory airstrikes. Meanwhile, Israel accuses President Biden of impeding the war effort as the conflict with Hamas teeters on the edge of a broader regional crisis.
Houthi Warning and U.S.-British Airstrikes
The Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, have declared that the recent U.S.-British airstrikes will not go unanswered. Despite the strikes, Houthi spokesman Ameen Hayyan asserts their unwavering support for the Palestinian people in Gaza. The airstrikes, targeting rebel sites in Yemen, follow previous actions against Iran-backed groups in Syria and Iraq.
The latest strikes come in response to a series of attacks on U.S. bases, including a drone strike near the Syrian border that claimed three American lives. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin stated that the intent is to degrade Houthi capabilities responsible for “reckless and unlawful attacks.”
Iranian Warning and Palestinian Casualties
Iran issues a warning to the U.S. against targeting two cargo ships suspected of serving as bases for Iranian commandos. The vessels, Behshad and Saviz, are associated with a Tehran-based company sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury for aiding Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.
In the midst of the conflict, a tragic report from Palestinian news agency Wafa reveals that at least two children lost their lives in an Israeli attack on a kindergarten in Rafah, southern Gaza. Israel has consistently accused Hamas of using civilian spaces, such as schools, as cover, leading to concerns about the use of civilians as human shields.
As tensions rise and accusations fly, the situation in the region remains highly volatile. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing crisis.