Rishi Sunak says UK 'not seeking confrontation' with Yemen's Houthi fighters

Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

© APA | Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

# 23 January 2024 17:50 (UTC +04:00)

Rishi Sunak has said the UK is "not seeking a confrontation" with Yemen's Houthi fighters - but it will strike again if their attacks in the Red Sea continue, APA reports citing Sky News.

Royal Air Force jets took part in a second wave of joint US-UK action against the group on Monday night after attacks on the vital shipping lane continued.

The prime minister told MPs: "We are not seeking a confrontation. We urge the Houthis and those who enable them to stop these illegal and unacceptable attacks.

"But, if necessary, the United Kingdom will not hesitate to respond again in self defence.

"We cannot stand by and allow these attacks to go unchallenged. Inaction is also a choice."

Mr Sunak said new sanctions would be announced "in the coming days" in response to the Houthi attacks.

Outlining the UK's wider approach to the situation, he said the UK must "end the illegal flow of arms to the Houthi militia".

He said this would include "working closely with our allies and partners to disrupt and deter the supply of weapons and components".

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