By Clauda Tanios

DUBAI (Reuters) -Tens of hundreds of Yemenis gathered in a number of cities on Friday to listen to their leaders condemn U.S. and British strikes on their nation in response to assaults by Houthi militants on Crimson Sea transport.

The U.S. and Britain carried out dozens of air strikes on Houthi navy targets in a single day, widening a wave of regional battle unleashed by Israel’s struggle in Gaza.

“Your strikes on Yemen are terrorism,” stated Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi, a member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council, referring to the USA. “The USA is the Satan.”

After Gaza’s Hamas rulers attacked Israel on Oct. 7, triggering Israel’s assault on Gaza, the Iran-aligned Houthis started attacking transport lanes and firing drones and missiles in the direction of Israel, saying they’d not cease till Israel’s offensive stopped.

The Houthis, who rule a lot of Yemen, stated they’d goal all ships heading to Israel, greater than 1,000 miles away, and warned worldwide transport corporations towards utilizing Israeli ports.

The Houthis are one in every of a number of teams within the Iran-aligned “Axis of Resistance” which have been taking intention at Israeli and U.S. targets since their Palestinian ally Hamas killed greater than 1,200 individuals in Israel on Oct. 7. The teams maintain the U.S., Israel’s closest ally, partly liable for the disaster and the scope of Israel’s huge response.

“We didn’t assault the shores of America, nor did we transfer within the American islands, nor did we assault them. Your strikes on our nation are terrorism,” stated Al-Houthi.

“They’re terrorists and they’re wonderful at mendacity to the individuals of the world, however the consciousness of the Yemeni individuals is a distinct consciousness. Do you, Yemeni, suppose that America is defending itself or is it a terrorist?”

The Iraqi militia group Harakat al-Nujaba, additionally aligned with Iran, stated that American pursuits and nations allied to the U.S. wouldn’t be protected to any extent further. In Sanaa, protesters stamped on Israeli and American flags.

U.S. and allied forces have been attacked no less than 130 instances in Iraq and Syria Since Oct. 17, in response to Washington.

The USA has no plans to deploy extra forces to the area, Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder stated.

(Further reporting by Doina Chiacu and Ahmed Rasheed; Writing by Michael Georgy; Enhancing by Kevin Liffey)

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