In a recent development, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed support for the US and British air strikes conducted against Houthi targets in Yemen. These strikes, initiated in response to the Houthi’s persistent attacks on Red Sea shipping, were deemed “necessary and proportionate” by Sunak.
Despite numerous warnings from the global community, the Houthi rebels continued their assaults in the Red Sea, prompting the collaborative action in self-defense. In his statement, Sunak emphasized the limited and proportionate nature of the military intervention, aimed at degrading Houthi military capabilities and safeguarding global shipping interests.
President Joe Biden’s comments preceded Sunak’s statement, shedding light on the significance of the strikes against the Houthis, who exert control over substantial areas in Yemen. The Red Sea, a critical maritime route responsible for 12 percent of global trade, has witnessed an escalation in Houthi attacks on shipping in recent weeks.
The air strikes, which targeted not only the capital Sanaa but also Hodeida and Saada, were confirmed by Houthi television channel Al-Massirah. In response to a “complex Iranian-designed” attack, US and British forces successfully intercepted 18 drones and three missiles fired by the Houthi rebels in the Red Sea.
UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps provided additional details on the military operation, revealing the involvement of four Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets alongside US forces. Sunak condemned the Houthi’s actions as “irresponsible” and “destabilizing,” attributing their attacks to the rising commodity prices.
Asserting the UK’s commitment to defending freedom of navigation and the free flow of trade, Sunak’s statement underscores the international effort to curb Houthi aggression. This collaborative response seeks to maintain stability in the region while ensuring the protection of vital maritime interests.