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Missile attacks against Yemen widen conflict
Britain and the United States blasted Yemen again on Monday in frustration that the Houthis continue successfully to target Israeli ships in the Red Sea.
The bombardment was the eighth time the US has struck Houthi targets since 11 January. Its the second time British forces have taken part.
The West wants to show its military punch and to secure key trade routes for multinational firms.
The assaults on Yemen haven’t stopped the Houthis supporting the Palestinians. But they are part of a murderous drive towards a wider war.
Imperialism’s latest offensives against the Palestinians are bleeding into and adding to a series of other conflicts. And they are accelerating them.
These conflicts are themselves based on earlier imperialist carve-ups in the Middle East.
Last week Iran launched a series of missile attacks of its own, reminding others that it has long-range military capabilities. On Monday, it struck Erbil in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, killing four people. Iran claimed to have destroyed an Israeli spy centre.
The following day, it sent rockets into the Baluchistan province of Pakistan, targeting militant groups it blames for bombings in Iran.
Pakistan said two children were killed and swiftly hit back, launching missiles at “terrorist hideouts” on Iran’s side of the border.
Iran said three women, two men and four children were killed. Pakistan is a key Western ally in South Asia and is itself a nuclear power.
Last Saturday, Israel lashed out further by bombing Syria. An air strike on the Syrian capital, Damascus, killed ten people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Five of them were senior members of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard. Both Iran and Syria promised revenge.
Turkish forces have launched their own attacks on north and east Syria.
Last week was another sign of how the West’s backing for Israel can spark new conflicts and threaten the security of millions of people.