The recent tensions in the Red Sea can be placed within the war between Israel and Hamas. The Houthi rebels pledged their unconditional support to the Palestinians after the October 7 attack. For several weeks, they have been attacking ships trying to cross the Red Sea. According to the Houthis, only Israeli ships are within their sights, but other ships have also been attacked.
The attacks caused great concern. The Red Sea is an important transit route between Asia and Europe, but shipping companies no longer dare to send their ships to the region. For this reason, more and more companies are choosing a 10-day route, along the southernmost point of Africa, to sail to Europe. Meanwhile, about 70 percent of freight passes through South Africa.
US President Joe Biden has previously warned that he will carry out more attacks on Yemeni territory unless the Houthis stop their missile attacks. However, the rebel group has already indicated that the attacks will not stop as long as Israel continues the war in the Gaza Strip.
Thus, the impasse greatly increases the chance of the much-feared escalation in the Middle East.
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