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Nations unite to stop Houthi attacks on vessels

US warns Houthi rebels of consequences


In a joint statement, the United States and 12 allied nations delivered a final warning to Houthi rebels, urging them to halt attacks on Red Sea vessels or face potential military intervention.

According to a report on AP, the warning comes after at least 23 attacks by Yemen-based militants in response to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The Biden administration official emphasized that the Houthis should not expect another warning. The statement, signed by key nations, calls for an immediate end to the illegal attacks, warning of severe consequences if threats to lives and global commerce persist.

Amid claims linking the attacks to Israel, the situation has escalated, prompting Operation Prosperity Guardian to safeguard critical shipping lanes. Recent clashes saw U.S. helicopters engaging Houthi rebels in self-defense, sinking boats and escalating tensions.

The U.S. and allies stress a commitment to defending global interests and commerce, signaling a firm response to malign actions impacting international stability.

President Biden's efforts to prevent the Israel-Hamas conflict from expanding regionally underscore a delicate balance. The official emphasized smart, measured actions against the Houthis, aiming to avoid deeper involvement with Iran and its proxies.

At the U.N., the U.S. highlighted Iranian support as crucial to the Houthi's maritime capabilities, further complicating the geopolitical landscape.

As tensions rise, the international community closely watches for potential military responses and diplomatic maneuvers in the strategically vital Red Sea region.

[With information sourced from AP]

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