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US and UK Consider Military Action Against Houthi Rebels Following Red Sea Attack

The US and UK have indicated the possibility of taking military action against Yemen’s Houthi rebels after they successfully repelled the largest attack on Red Sea shipping to date. In response to the Iran-backed group’s launch of 21 drones and missiles on Tuesday night, carrier-based jets and warships intercepted and shot down the projectiles. The UN Security Council passed a resolution demanding an immediate end to Houthi attacks, endorsing the right of member states to defend their vessels. The Houthis dismissed the resolution as a “political game.”

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In response to continuous Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping, the US and UK contemplate military action. The International Chamber of Shipping notes a 20% diversion of container ships from the Red Sea, opting for the longer route around Africa. The Houthis claim to target Israeli-linked vessels in protest of Israel’s actions in Gaza. The situation raises concerns about global trade, the environment, and the broader Middle East conflict. The UK warns of consequences if Houthi attacks persist, with the possibility of military action against Houthi targets in Yemen or even inside Iran. Source – BBC

Two figures stand in a room of the HMS Diamond, looking out at a fiery scene

File handout photo showing HMS Diamond (14 October 2020)

A map showing the Bab al-Mandab strait, which sits between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula and Djibouti and Eritrea on the African coast

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