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Live updates: UN chief warns against escalation in Red Sea after U.S.-UK strikes


- The U.S. and UK launched pre-dawn air strikes on Friday targeting Houthi positions in Yemen, including command centers and air defense systems.

- The U.S. and UK said the strikes were to deter the Houthis from launching attacks on commercial ships in the international shipping lanes of the Red Sea.

- The Houthis have escalated their attacks in the Red Sea since the Israel-Hamas conflict broke out on October 7, demanding the end of Israeli attacks in the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip.

- In a defiant response to Friday's strikes, the Houthi's top ruling body declared that "all American and British interests have become legitimate targets." The group vowed to continue attacking ships in the Red Sea.

- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called on all sides "not to escalate" the volatile situation.

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