British War Ship Heads to Red Sea

( – Tensions have continued to escalate in the Red Sea and the Royal Navy has sent another war ship into the area amid the West launching strikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Houthi rebels are backed by the Iranian regime and have been attacking shipping vessels recently. The HMS Richmond, a type 53 frigate, is now patrolling the waters between Arabia and Africa.

Military officials are saying the U.S. and U.K. needed to show strength after a slew of drone and missile attacks were launched from the Arabian nation. Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, has been warning Iran and the Houthis to cease their aggression or face consequences. U.K. officials mirrored Blinken’s warning and added that Western forces will not tolerate defending constant missile attacks.

The Houthis have been warned that they are disrupting commerce, and that attacks launched from any locale will open that locale to being targeted on the grounds of self-defense. During the early morning hours of Friday, January 12, President Joe Biden authorized a series of air strikes on areas in Yemen known to be inhabited by the Houthi rebels. More than a dozen targets were hit, with Biden calling his action a direct response to prior Houthi aggression.

This escalation by Biden has been met with sharp criticism from opponents, many of whom say he does not have the authority to unilaterally call from such a strike. Biden’s administration has dismissed these rebuttals, with Biden adding that should he see further provocation he will not hesitate to launch more attacks like those of Friday.

Houthi rebel leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, said the U.S. aggression will not go without a response from them, and he said it will be greater than any American attack. Rishi Sunak, the British Prime Minister, briefed his cabinet that further military intervention may be imminent. In total, 14 countries collaborated on a joint statement condemning the Houthi assaults on the shipping vessels and warned more reprisals will be launched if necessary.

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