In a stern message to the United States and the United Kingdom, a senior member of the Iran-backed Houthi rebel group, Hussein al-Ezzi, declared that the targeted airstrikes on American and British warships in the Red Sea would come at a hefty cost.
CNN reported al-Ezzi’s warning, emphasizing that both nations would have to bear dire consequences for what he termed a “massive aggressive attack.”
Deputy foreign minister al-Ezzi further asserted, “America and Britain will undoubtedly have to prepare to pay a heavy price and bear all the dire consequences of this blatant aggression,” emphasizing the gravity of the situation. Abdul Salam Jahaf, another senior Houthi member, confirmed that retaliatory assaults had been initiated against the US and UK warships deployed in the Red Sea.
Responding to the Houthi attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea—a vital trade route connecting the West and the East—US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak underscored the necessity of ensuring “freedom of navigation and the free flow of trade.” The airstrikes aimed to safeguard military, civilian marines, and partners in the region, according to their joint statement.
President Biden directed US military forces, in collaboration with the UK and support from Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands, to conduct successful strikes on targets in Yemen utilized by Houthi rebels to jeopardize navigation in the crucial waterway.
Expressing strong condemnation, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a member of the Houthi’s supreme political council, labeled the US-UK strikes on Yemen as “barbaric.” Simultaneously, Iran denounced the attack, deeming it a “breach of international laws.”
The Houthi group, engaged in a series of drone and missile attacks on Israel during the conflict with Gaza, vowed to persist until hostilities in the Palestinian enclave cease. In addition to their actions against Israel, the rebels targeted commercial vehicles in the Red Sea, claiming to exert pressure on Israel and its allies. The strategic waterway, running through the Bal-el-Mandeb strait near Southern Yemen, holds significant importance in global trade.