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Stop Red Sea attacks, foreign secretary tells Houthis after latest UK-US air strikes

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The Foreign Secretary has implored the Houthis to stop their “reckless” attacks on international shipping in the Red Sea following the latest UK-US air strikes.

Lord Cameron said the third wave of joint UK-US assaults on Houthi positions in Yemen on Saturday took place after “repeated warnings” for the rebel group to cease its harassment.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4s and Voyager tankers were used during the mission to target locations used by the Iran-backed militants.

More than 30 sites across 13 locations were hit by coalition forces, according to a joint statement by the eight nations involved.

Lord Cameron tweeted on Sunday: “The UK and the US have carried out further strikes on Houthi military targets. We have issued repeated warnings to the Houthis.

“Their reckless actions are putting innocent lives at risk, threatening the freedom of navigation and destabilising the region. The Houthi attacks must stop.”

The Houthis have repeatedly attacked vessels in the Red Sea and elsewhere off the Yemen coast, claiming it is targeting Israeli or Israel-destined ships in protest over the war in Gaza.

However, they have frequently targeted ships with tenuous or no clear links to Israel, endangering shipping on a key global trade route used for accessing the Suez Canal.

As a result of the clashes, vessels have had to be redirected around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa, a journey that takes longer and is more costly.

It is feared the disruption could increase inflation and push up the price of goods in shops.

During Saturday’s attacks, RAF Typhoons used precision-guided bombs against several military targets at three locations, the MoD said.

According to the department, allied intelligence had calculated some of the stations were being used to launch drone attacks and to spy on freight vessels and Western warships.

The ministry said the night-time raids were to ensure minimal risk of civilian casualties, and defence secretary Grant Shapps denied the attacks were escalatory.

The Cabinet minister said on Saturday he was “confident” the military action had “further degraded” Houthi capabilities to carry out its missile and drone ambushes.

In a statement by the UK and the US, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand – the Houthis were warned the West “will not hesitate to continue to defend lives and the free flow of commerce in one of the world’s most critical waterways”.

Education secretary Gillian Keegan said that as Houthi capability is discovered, allied forces would “try and get rid of it”.

Defending the impact of the assaults by London and Washington, Keegan told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg: “They are targeted and they take different targets each time – (they have targeted) the launchers, there has been some underground storage.

“They want to basically do this to get rid of the capabilities that the Houthis have.”

Press Association – by Patrick Daly

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