Iranians protest against US, UK airstrikes in Yemen

TEHRAN, Iran — Hundreds of Iranians gathered outside the British Embassy in Tehran on Friday to condemn the US and British airstrikes in Yemen.

The protest followed airstrikes on Houthi military sites in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, by the US and Britain early Friday.

The airstrikes occurred hours after Houthi fighters fired a ballistic missile at a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden, the US Central Command said Thursday on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The Houthis claim their attacks target only Israel-affiliated or Israel-bound ships, aiming to pressure Israel to cease its actions in Gaza.

Demonstrators outside the British Embassy on Friday evening held signs reading “Down with the US,” criticizing American involvement in Middle Eastern tensions and alleging violations of the United Nations Charter and international law.

Mohammed, a protester, accused the US of exacerbating regional conflicts under the pretense of human rights and collaborating with Israel. Sajad, another protester, linked the situation to Israeli actions against Palestinians, arguing for an end to these actions to stabilize the region.

Nasser Kanaani, spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, condemned the attacks as arbitrary and a violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and international law. He linked the military actions to US and British support for Israel’s actions against Palestinians and civilians in Gaza, which has been under siege.