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After two months of continuous Iran-backed Houthi assaults on industrial vessels, the US and the UK have launched greater than 100 strikes in opposition to the militant group’s positions throughout western Yemen.

Huge explosions have been seen in Yemeni cities together with Sana’a and Hodeidah within the early hours of Friday, with the US army saying 60 strikes have been launched in opposition to 16 websites linked to the Houthis’ army operations.

Below, The Independent seems at how the assaults unfolded and what weapons have been used within the strikes.

An overview

Lt General Alex Grynkewich, a senior Air Force commander overseeing forces within the Middle East, mentioned in an announcement that greater than 100 precision-guided munitions have been used to hit 60 targets at 16 Houthi areas in Yemen in a single day.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed this morning that the Royal Air Force have been chargeable for hitting two of these websites.

“One was a site at Bani in north-western Yemen used to launch reconnaissance and attack drones,” the assertion learn. “A number of buildings involved in drone operations were targeted by our aircraft.

“The other location struck by our aircraft was the airfield at Abbs. Intelligence has shown that it has been used to launch both cruise missiles and drones over the Red Sea. Several key targets at the airfield were identified and prosecuted by our aircraft.”

What weapons have been used?

James Heappey, the UK armed forces minister, revealed this morning that 4 Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters have been used within the assault, supported by two Voyager air-to-air refuelling tanker plane.

The single pilot, twin-engine Typhoon jets are a mainstay of the RAF fleet. They fly at speeds of roughly 1,380 miles per hour (Mach 1.8) and as excessive as 55,000 toes, in response to an RAF reality sheet

The Ministry of Defence (M0D) later confirmed that Paveway IV guided bombs had been used within the strikes. A supply at RAF Northolt recommended to The Independent that 18 missiles had been used within the assaults.

An RAF reality sheet describes the 227kg warheads as having the “ability to engage targets in all types of weather with laser guidance for high terminal accuracy”. They are estimated to price round £30,000 every.

Gen Alex Grynkewich mentioned the US fired roughly 100 precision-guided missiles, inlcuding Tomahwaks, from warships and submarines within the area.

The US Navy’s Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM), value as much as £1.5 million every, are low-flying cruise missiles able to delivering a 450 kg typical warhead tons of of miles inland.

The bulk of the firepower could have come from US jets. The US has an plane provider within the Red Sea, in addition to a number of air bases within the area.

An RAF Typhoon plane takes off to affix the US-led coalition from RAF Akrotiri

(through REUTERS)

How did the assaults occur?

James Heappey, the UK Armed Forces minister, mentioned the 4 Typhoons took off at 7.30pm on Thursday night from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. The base is positioned on the southernmost tip of the island, about 150 miles from the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

Our supply mentioned that UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak phoned Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Thursday night to request clearance for the Typhoons to fly over the japanese Mediterranean.

The crew then flew west of Israel earlier than descending the Red Sea and finishing up strikes on the Houthi positions in western Yemen.

Mr Heappey mentioned this morning that each targets have been “successfully prosecuted”. The 4 Typhoons and two Voyagers safely returned to RAF Akrotiri at 3am.

Footage launched by US and UK confirmed fighter jets and plane taking off from varied areas on Thursday night.

What targets have been hit?

Footage launched by the UK MoD exhibits strikes on Houthi positions in Yemen

(Ministry of Defence)

Gen Alex Grynkewich mentioned the strikes hit “command and control nodes, munitions depots, launching systems, production facilities, and air defence radar systems”.

Our map above exhibits the precise areas of the strikes.

The MoD claimed the strikes had been successful and that specific care had been taken to minimise danger to civilians within the space.

“The detailed results of the strikes are being assessed, but early indications are that the Houthis’ ability to threaten merchant shipping has taken a blow,” an announcement learn.

How have the Houthis reacted?

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A Houthi army spokesperson mentioned 73 strikes had killed 5 of the group’s fighters and wounded six others.

These experiences haven’t been confirmed.

Experts have warned that the Houthis are prone to declare the strikes killed civilians as a part of its informational battle in opposition to the US and the UK.

Houthi chief Abdul-Malik al-Houthi vowed to “confront American aggression” after the assaults.

Their Iranian backers have additionally referred to as out the strikes.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani mentioned: “These attacks are a clear violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and a breach of international laws.”

Russia, in the meantime, condmended the strikes and referred to as for an pressing assembly of the United Nations Security Council on Friday to debate the difficulty.