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Yemen's Houthis hold funeral for 17 fighters killed in US-UK air strikes

February 10, 2024 at 3:38 pm

The funeral is held at the Al Sha’ab Mosque for the Houthi groups who lost their lives as a result of airstrikes by the US and UK in Sanaa, Yemen on February 10, 2024. [Mohammed Hamoud – Anadolu Agency]

Yemen’s Houthis held a funeral on Saturday for at least 17 fighters killed during joint US-British air strikes targeting the group, the Houthi-run Saba news agency said, Reuters reports.

The Houthis have launched drone and missile strikes on Israel-linked commercial ships since 19 November in what they say is a response to Israel’s military operations in Gaza, prompting Britain and the United States to start retaliatory strikes last month.

“These crimes will not discourage the Yemeni people from continuing their support and backing of their brothers in the Gaza Strip,” Saba said in its coverage of the funerals.

Besides the air strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, the US and Britain have returned the militia to a list of terrorist groups.

The Houthi campaign has disrupted international shipping, causing some companies to suspend transits through the Red Sea and instead take the much longer, costlier journey around Africa.

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