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Canada provides technical support for attack against ;Houthis

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A British Air Force Typhoon FGR4 aircraft returns to base after strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen.

The Canadian Press

Canada has provided technical support to new American and British strikes against the Houthis in Yemen, the Department of National Defense has confirmed.

On Saturday evening, a joint statement was issued by the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Bahrain, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark and Canada, which responded to the continued attacks Houthis against boats sailing on the Red Sea and in the Gulf of Aden.

This was the second wave of attacks aimed at weakening Iranian-backed groups that have targeted ships since the escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Three members of the Canadian Armed Forces – two planners and an intelligence analyst – helped plan Operation Prosperity Guardian, a multinational coalition formed in December to counter Houthi attacks.

No Canadian weapons were used in the strikes against Houthi positions, said a spokesperson for the Department of National Defense.

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American ships and American and British fighters struck 36 targets in 13 locations in Yemen, the coalition said.

They targeted locations associated with Houthi-owned deep-buried weapons storage facilities, missile systems, missile launchers, air defense systems and radars.

The coalition has warned that it does not intend to give up.

< p class="Text-sc-2357a233-1 imohSo">We continue to aim to ease tensions and restore stability in the Red Sea, but we would like to reiterate our warning to the Houthi leaders: we do not ;we will not hesitate to continue to defend lives and the free movement of commerce on one of the world's most important waterways in the face of continuing threats.

A quote from The Multinational Coalition

Since mid-November, the Houthis have carried out more than 30 attacks against commercial ships and warships. This offensive remains an international problem to be resolved, according to the coalition.

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