US Issues Warning To Houthi Militants Over Red Sea Ship Attacks

The Houthi militants in Yemen have been warned by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that there will be “consequences” for their ongoing attacks on ships in the Red Sea. Regarding the global agreement, Blinken said, “We’ve had 40 countries come together to make clear that what the Houthis are doing has to stop.” Before leaving for Tel Aviv, he met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman during his trip to Saudi Arabia, where he made these statements.

Now on his fourth tour around the Middle East since Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7, Blinken has been holding meetings with several countries, including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Greece, Turkey, and Greece.

These negotiations have mainly focused on efforts to keep a regional conflict at bay, safeguard Palestinian civilians, and gain Arab support for an administration that will rule Gaza after the fighting. Due to Houthi attacks on commercial ships in revenge for Israel’s Gaza War, tensions in the Red Sea have increased. “These attacks are having a real effect on the prices people have to pay for food, medicine, and energy,” Blinken said, highlighting the attack’s practical effects.

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Operation Prosperity Guardian, a coalition led by the United States, has been patrolling and intercepting missiles in the Red Sea. Speaking alongside Blinken, the prime minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, objected to a military reaction, warning that it would simply “raise regional tensions and fuel an endless cycle of violence.” In addition, Al Thani demanded that the Israel-Hamas war come to an immediate end.

Recognising that it is necessary to take action against Iran’s proxy groups, the Biden administration seeks to prevent a wider regional conflict. In response to attacks on commercial ships and US soldiers in Iraq and Syria, two aircraft carrier strike groups have been dispatched to the area.

Blinken’s sessions in the United Arab Emirates were attended by Tim Lenderking, the special envoy of the Biden administration for Yemen, who emphasised “the importance of preventing further spread of the conflict.”

Tensions between Israel and Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon, whom Iran backs, have increased during Blinken’s visit. Hezbollah launched rocket strikes into northern Israel in response to Hamas’s accusation that Israel was responsible for the murder of a high-ranking official in Beirut. Blinken stated, “It’s clearly not in the interest of anyone — Israel, Lebanon, Hezbollah for that matter — to see this escalate and to see an actual conflict.”

Reference: The Straits Times

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