US and British colonial forces in the Red Sea on Tuesday shot down drones and missiles fired by the Yemeni Houthis at international shipping lanes in Yemeni waters.
British War Secretary Grant Shabbs described it as the “biggest attack” ever carried out by Yemeni rebels in the Red Sea.
The US military's Central Command (CENTCOM) earlier announced that the armed forces of the two countries had downed eighteen drones and three missiles. No injuries or damage were reported, according to Centcom. According to the Americans, this was the 26th attack by the Houthis on commercial shipping lanes in the Red Sea since November 19.
Shabbs says the UK and allies have made it clear that such attacks are “absolutely unacceptable” and that the Houthis must face consequences if they continue their attacks. “We will take necessary steps to protect innocent lives and the global economy,” the minister warned.
The Houthis demand that Israel stop its bloody attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. They say they will target ships associated with Israel as long as the country continues its attacks on Palestinians.
Many shipping companies avoid the Red Sea for this reason and choose a detour.
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