WASHINGTON, DC—Today, United States and United Kingdom military forces – with support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands – conducted strikes against a number of targets in Yemen used by Houthi rebels. The Houthis have carried out dozens of attacks against international maritime vessels in the Red Sea in recent months.

Following the successful strikes, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement.

“I salute the brave military members who carried out today’s strikes, and I support President Biden’s strong actions against the Houthi militants. The Houthis are endangering innocent civilians and launching violent attacks at U.S. personnel.

“These strikes, in concert with weeks of diplomacy, send a clear signal that the United States will continue to take appropriate action to protect our personnel, our interests, and freedom of navigation for vital international waterways. Even as the Biden Administration continues to take a balanced and sensible diplomatic approach, today’s military actions were necessary and proportional.”