Speaking to the Houthi television channel “Al Masirah”, Houthi said that no US attack on his country will ever go unanswered, and that the response to any US attack will not be at the same level as the operation they carried out on January 9, but much bigger.
“Whoever wants to interfere or attack our people is taking a military risk by engaging in a conflict for which he will pay the price. Our breath is long, and our people are strong enough to withstand big and long conflicts.”
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In this context, Houthi accused the US and Britain of trying to “involve other countries in the conflict with the Yemeni people” and called on Asian and European countries “not to obey the US”.
The US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on January 10 that the US and the UK had shot down 18 drones and 3 missiles fired into the Red Sea by the Houthis in Yemen.
What happened in the Red Sea
Following the recent actions of the Houthis in Yemen against merchant ships in response to Israel’s attacks on Gaza, many shipping companies decided to suspend their services in the Red Sea.
On December 6, 2023, the Pentagon announced that they were negotiating the establishment of an international “Maritime Task Force” against the attacks of Houthi forces in Yemen against commercial ships in the Red Sea, and on December 18, the Pentagon announced the creation of a multinational mission called “Operation Welfare Guardian”.
While the Houthi attacks jeopardized passage through the Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, offering the shortest route between Europe and Asia and through which about 12 percent of global trade is carried out, the attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea and the successive decisions taken by companies raised concerns that a new “supply chain crisis” would begin in the global economy.