US, Allies Release Statement Threatening Houthis Over Red Sea Attacks

The US could be preparing to bomb Yemen, which risks shattering a fragile truce in the country and sparking a major regional war

The US and some of its allies released a joint statement on Wednesday threatening Yemen’s Houthis over their attacks on Israeli-linked shipping in the Red Sea, which started in response to the brutal Israeli assault on Gaza.

“Let our message now be clear: we call for the immediate end of these illegal attacks and release of unlawfully detained vessels and crews. The Houthis will bear the responsibility of the consequences should they continue to threaten lives, the global economy, and free flow of commerce in the region’s critical waterways,” the statement reads.

The statement was issued by the US, Britain, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Canada, Belgium, Australia, and Bahrain, the only Arab nation to sign onto the threat.

The Times of London previously reported that the US and Britain were working on a joint statement that would threaten action against the Houthis if they didn’t stop the Red Sea attacks. Sources told the paper that options being considered by the US and UK were direct airstrikes on Yemen or using special operations forces to target Houthi boats. The US has already sunk Houthi boats, killing 10 during a confrontation on Sunday.

Bombing Yemen would risk shattering the fragile peace in Yemen between the Houthis and the US-backed Saudi-led coalition. It would also risk sparking a major regional war as the Houthis could expand the scope of what they’re targeting, and they are capable of striking at long distances with their missiles and drones.

The Houthis, formally known as Ansar Allah, have vowed not to back down in the face of the US military. Ansar Allah officials have repeatedly stated that they will not stop their attacks on Israeli-linked commercial shipping until the Israeli siege on Gaza ends.

The Biden administration has shown no interest in using any of its leverage on Israel to end the slaughter in Gaza. The US continues to provide unconditional military support and is opting for regional escalation rather than cutting off Israel.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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