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India deploys warships amid rising tensions in the Red Sea region

Narendra Modi's government strengthens naval presence following recent Houthi attacks and Middle East instability


India is intensifying its involvement in the chain of events stemming from the conflict in Gaza to Houthi attacks on merchant ships near Yemen by dispatching its warships to the Red Sea.

New Delhi announced yesterday that it would deploy three warships to the region following a drone attack on the MV Chem Pluto tanker off the Indian coast.

"In light of recent Houthi attacks in the Arabian Sea, the Indian Navy has positioned the destroyers INS Mormugao, INS Kochi, and INS Kolkata in various areas to maintain a deterrent presence," the Indian Navy stated. Additionally, Indian surveillance aircraft are conducting regular flights in the region.

"India depends significantly on fuel shipments from the Middle East, notably from countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Any disruption to this route could pose challenges for India," observed the BBC in its analysis.

"Unlike many countries in the global south, India has signaled support for Israel. New Delhi has strengthened ties with the Jewish state during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tenure," added the Gzero website in its analysis.

Source: BBC, Gzero

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