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Biden says message was ‘privately delivered’ to Iran after strikes on Houthis

President Biden said Saturday that the United States has “privately” delivered a message to Iran over its backing of Houthis targeting commercial vessels in the Red Sea.

As he was heading to Camp David for the weekend, Biden was asked Saturday what message was being sent to Iran through a pair of attacks targeting dozens of facilities in Yemen controlled by the Tehran proxies. 

“We delivered it privately and we’re confident we’re well prepared,” the president answered.

The response was an apparent attempt to reiterate his Friday comment when Biden said that the American military’s initial strikes on Houthi targets had “already delivered the message to Iran …. They know not to do anything.”

On Friday, US officials said the Navy destroyer USS Carney had fired off Tomahawk land missiles that struck a Houthi radar site being used to target ships in the Red Sea.

The attack was described as a “follow-on action…to degrade the Houthis’ ability to attack maritime vessels, including commercial vessels,” Central Command wrote on X. 

President Biden said the United States has “privately” delivered a message to Iran over its backing of Houthis targeting commercial vessels in the Red Sea.
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Footage taken from an RAF Typhoon PoOD over Yemen shows a targeted strike against Houthi military targets.
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An RAF Typhoon aircraft takes off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to join the U.S.-led coalition to conduct air strikes against military targets in Yemen on Thursday, January 11, 2024, according to reports.
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Friday’s attack followed a wider air raid Thursday led by American and British forces, which blitzed over 60 Houthi targets across 28 locations in Yemen, killing at least five and wounding six others. 

The series of attacks were conducted in response to a missile and drone strike campaign by Houthis targeting commercial vessels in the Red Sea. 

The Houthis, who control most of northern Yemen, have vowed retaliation, with spokesman Nasruldeen Amer telling Al Jazeera that “this new strike will have a firm, strong and effective response.” 

Another Houthi spokesman, Mohammed Abdulsalam, downplayed the strikes’ damage, saying they wouldn’t deter the rebels from continuing their assaults on vessels crossing the Red Sea. 

People protest following the U.S. and Britain strikes across Yemen against Iran-backed Houthi forces, at a rally in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 12, 2024. REUTERS
The series of attacks were conducted in response to a missile and drone strike campaign by Houthis targeting commercial vessels in the Red Sea.  Getty Images
On Friday, Biden said that the American military’s initial strikes on Houthi targets had “already delivered the message to Iran …. They know not to do anything.”
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Iran officials had insisted Thursday’s strikes were “a clear violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and a breach of international laws.”

The escalating Red Sea tensions come amid concerns about a growing regional conflict in the Middle East amid the Israel-Hamas war.

With Post wires. 

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