Iran condemns latest US-British strikes on Yemen, claims they aim to ‘escalate tensions’

In this February 24, 2024, image released by the US Central Command, a US fighter plane launches from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower in the Red Sea during operations against Houthi targets. (CENTCOM) / AFP)
In this February 24, 2024, image released by the US Central Command, a US fighter plane launches from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower in the Red Sea during operations against Houthi targets. (CENTCOM) / AFP)

Iran has condemned the latest strikes by the United States and Britain on Yemen, saying they were seeking to “escalate tensions and crises” in the region.

The condemnation comes after American and British forces carried out fresh strikes against 18 Houthi targets in Yemen yesterday, in response to a wave of attacks by the Iran-backed terror group on Red Sea shipping.

“With such attacks, America and Britain seek to escalate tensions and crises in the region, and expand the scope of war and instability,” Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani says in a statement.

“Certainly, this kind of arbitrary and aggressive military operation, aside from aggravating insecurity and instability in the region, will not achieve anything for these aggressor countries,” Kanani adds.

He further condemns the United States and Britain for failing to “take immediate and effective action” to stop Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, which was sparked by the terror group’s October 7 massacre in southern Israel.

The Houthis say their attacks on shipping around the Red Sea are in support of Palestinians in Gaza.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said yesterday that the attacks would continue until “the aggression stops” in Gaza.

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