Russia calls for UNSC meeting on US and UK strikes in Yemen

Russia has requested an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to address the recent strikes carried out by the United States and the United Kingdom in Yemen. The meeting, scheduled for January 12, comes after the US, UK, and other countries launched strikes against targets used by Houthi rebels in Yemen.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak justified the strikes as necessary and proportionate actions in self-defense.He emphasized the importance of safeguarding freedom of navigation and the free flow of trade. Sunak expressed concern over the continued attacks by the Houthis in the Red Sea, including recent incidents involving UK and US warships.
US President Joe Biden supported the targeted strikes, stating that they send a clear message that attacks on commercial vessels by Houthi rebels will not be tolerated. Biden highlighted the Houthi’s use of anti-ship ballistic missiles, which posed a significant threat to the safety of personnel, civilian mariners, trade, and freedom of navigation.
In response to the escalating attacks, the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling for an immediate end to ship attacks in the Red Sea. However, Russia, China, Algeria, and Mozambique abstained from voting.
The Houthi rebels initiated these strikes in retaliation for the conflict between Israel and Palestine. They vowed to continue their attacks and obstruct the passage of ships associated with Israel until the conflict in Palestine ceased.
In efforts to protect navigation and ensure the safety of ships in the Red Sea, the US government launched Operation Prosperity Guardian. This operation aims to counter the Houthi aggression that has targeted over 20 commercial carriers and ships since mid-November.
As the situation unfolds, it is crucial for all parties involved to de-escalate tensions and work towards a peaceful resolution. The international community must continue to prioritize the safety of navigation and prevent any further threats to global commerce. Source

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