Houthi militias in Yemen are threatening to retaliate against the US

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Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Houthi rebels speak from Yemen. Now there is a risk of new cracks.

Updated as of December 22, 1 PM: Houthi rebels in Yemen have been attacking ships in the Red Sea for weeks in retaliation for the war in Israel. The US has established a military alliance to better protect the critical shipping lane. According to US information, more than 20 countries have joined this. Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder spoke on Thursday (December 21) about a coalition working with the US. Houthi rebels have previously threatened to attack US warships They also announced that attacks on ships would continue.

Houthi rebels fired rockets during the war in Israel. The situation in the Middle East is tense and may escalate. Houthi supporters show their support for the people of the Gaza Strip. © Osamah Abdulrahman/dpa

Yemen’s Houthi Rebel Leader Threatens to Attack US Warships Over Israel War

Report from December 21: SANA – The situation in the Middle East continues to deteriorate. At the same time as the war is raging in Israel, tensions are rising in the Red Sea. There, Houthi rebels are attacking ships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait and in the Red Sea. Major shipping companies are increasingly avoiding the route because of the attacks.

Now the leader of the Iran-backed Houthi militia has warned the US against turning the Red Sea into a new battleground. Abdel-Malik al-Houthi publicly threatened to retaliate. “If America does the stupid thing of attacking our country, we will attack them,” he said in a speech on Yemeni television. Al-Masira. The threat followed the announcement of an international military alliance to protect maritime trade in the Red Sea.

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US Arms in Red Sea: Operation “Prosperity Guardian” Aimed at Ensuring Security

The United States has now begun building a new international military force to better protect the critical shipping lane leading to the Suez Canal. Operation Prosperity Guardian aims to ensure the safety of merchant shipping in the region. In addition to the United States, the alliance includes Bahrain, France, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Seychelles and Spain. Germany is considering participation.

Houthi leader warns US of new war theater in Red Sea

Abdel-Malik al-Houthi has now made it clear that any US aggression against Yemen will be met with counter-attacks. The Houthi leader said that if the United States sends troops to Yemen, they will face something worse than Afghanistan and Vietnam. The group has said it will continue to attack ships owned or supported by Israel.

Middle East Conflict - Demonstration in Yemen
Houthi supporters rallied in the Yemeni capital Sana’a in support of the Palestinian people. © Osamah Abdulrahman/dpa

In his speech, al-Houthi blamed the news agency afp According to the US, the Red Sea has been “militarized in Israel’s interests”. He reiterated that the Houthi attacks will only end if Israel stops its operations and humanitarian supplies reach the people of Gaza. The US countered its support for humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people and threatened further action.

Geopolitical importance of the Red Sea

The Red Sea, and especially the Bab-al-Mandeb strait, is of strategic importance to world trade, as up to twelve percent of world trade passes through it. The security of this shipping lane is of great importance to both the regional and global economy. (CS)

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