The deputy press secretary of the United States Department of Defense, Sabrina Singh, assured this Thursday that the country is not at war with the Yemeni Houthi rebels and that it is not seeking an escalation of the regional conflict, in reference to the American and British attacks. against the insurgents for their actions against ships in the Red Sea. “We are not seeking a regional war. We are not at war with the Houthis (…), the actions we are taking are defensive in nature. The Houthis continue to launch cruise missiles and anti-ship missiles against innocent sailors and against commercial ships that They are only transiting an area through which 10-15 percent of global trade passes,” Singh said at a press conference. The Houthis, backed by Iran, have controlled Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, and areas of the country’s north and west since 2015. The rebels have responded to the Israeli offensive on Gaza with more than 25 attacks against ships with some type of connection to Israel. . A coalition led by Washington, Operation Prosperity Guardian, is now acting in retaliation.