British PM: We have taken action to degrade Houthi military capabilities

Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of Great Britain

© APA | Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of Great Britain

# 12 January 2024 12:07 (UTC +04:00)

“In recent months, the Houthi militia have carried out a series of dangerous and destabilising attacks against commercial shipping in the Red Sea, threatening UK and other international ships, causing major disruption to a vital trade route and driving up commodity prices. Their reckless actions are risking lives at sea and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of Great Britain said this in a Statement on the joint attack of the United Kingdom and the United States on the Houthis, APA reports.

The Prime Minister said that the Royal Air Force of United Kingdom has carried out targeted strikes against military facilities used by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The Head of British Government recalled that despite the repeated warnings from the international community, the Houthis have continued to carry out attacks in the Red Sea, including against UK and US warships just this week.

Rishi Sunak declared that this cannot stand and the United Kingdom will always stand up for freedom of navigation and the free flow of trade:

“We have therefore taken limited, necessary and proportionate action in self-defence, alongside the United States with non-operational support from the Netherlands, Canada and Bahrain against targets tied to these attacks, to degrade Houthi military capabilities and protect global shipping.”

The Prime Minister noted that the Royal Navy continues to patrol the Red Sea as part of the multinational Operation Prosperity Guardian to deter further Houthi aggression: “We urge them to cease their attacks and take steps to de-escalate.”

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