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Iran’s president criticizes US strikes against Huthis

From CNN’s Lucas Lilieholm

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday criticized recent US strikes in Yemen during a phone call with a top Houthi official, claiming they revealed the country’s “aggressive nature.”

The US carried out strikes against Huthi targets in Yemen last week in response to the Iran-backed group’s attacks on Red Sea shipping, which it says are retaliation against Israel for its war in Gaza.

“Undoubtedly, such actions against the people who have been resisting against foreign aggression for years and are now playing an effective role in defending the Palestinian people, are rejected and condemned by the freedom-seeking nations of the world,” Raisi told the head of the Huthis’ Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat, according to state-run news agency IRNA.

Red Sea tensions: US fighter aircraft on Sunday shot down an anti-ship cruise missile fired at a US Navy destroyer from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen, the US military said. No injuries or damage were reported.

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