Amidst escalating tensions in the Red Sea, the joint US-UK strikes on Yemen’s Houthi rebels have sparked global concern. Russia’s ambassador to the UN condemned the military action as “blatant armed aggression against another country,” emphasizing the use of aircraft, warships, and submarines.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged restraint, calling on all parties involved to avoid further escalation for the sake of peace and stability in the region. The strikes, launched in response to disruptive rebel attacks on Red Sea shipping, are seen as a potential catalyst for a broader conflict, with fears of the Israel-Hamas war spreading.
Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East, Khaled Khiari, warned the UN Security Council of the grave political, security, economic, and humanitarian repercussions in Yemen and the broader region. Expressing concern over the risk of exacerbating tensions, he emphasized the alarming developments in the Red Sea.
In response, Washington’s ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, emphasized the vulnerability of all nations’ vessels to the Houthi rebel threat in the Red Sea. She argued that, without Iranian support, the rebels would struggle to effectively track and strike commercial vessels, violating their obligations.
Britain’s ambassador, Barbara Woodward, defended the joint strikes as “limited, necessary, and proportionate action in self-defense.” She assured that the operation took careful measures to minimize risks to civilians.
As the international community grapples with differing perspectives on the situation, the Red Sea crisis remains a focal point of diplomatic discussions and concerns about its broader implications persist.