The United Kingdom authorities have affirmed this Sunday that Iran “has the responsibility” to prevent attacks by the Yemeni Houthi rebels in the Red Sea as the Israeli Army’s bombings against the Gaza Strip progress.
This is what the British Foreign Minister, David Cameron, said after having a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hosein Amirabdolahian, to whom he “made it clear” that the country shares this responsibility. “Houthi attacks threaten innocent lives and the global economy”highlighted in a message spread through social networks.
In this sense, it has He regretted that Iran continues to “give its support to the Houthis” and pointed out that Iran “shares responsibility” for their actions.words that come shortly after a US Navy ship intercepted two missiles and sank three vessels after receiving distress signals from a cargo ship that suffered several attacks from the Houthis as it crossed the Red Sea.
Iran has sought to disassociate itself from the actions that the Houthis carry out in this strategic commercial route.
Two months ago, the rebels began launching barrages of missiles and drones against southern Israel and also against ships flying the flag of the Jewish State or owned by Israeli companies in the Red Sea and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb.
After having suspended transit through that area, the Danish shipping company Maersk decided a few days ago to resume its passage through the Red Sea when the United States announced the creation of the new naval coalition to defend international maritime security.
This same Sunday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations agency (UKMTO) has received information that there has been a new attack against a vessel located about 60 nautical miles (about 111 kilometers) from the Yemeni port of Hodeida, in the sea. Red.
The ship, which has not been identified, was allegedly attacked by three small boats, although no casualties or injuries have been reported among the crew members at this time.
The Maersk Hanzghou warned of two attacks in the Red Sea in less than 24 hours, which were attended by the naval coalition led by the United States and of which the United Kingdom is also a part.
The first occurred last night when the United States Naval Central Command (CENTCOM) reported that it had shot down two anti-ship missiles that were targeting the container ship and were launched from territory controlled by the insurgents.
But the trigger was in the early hours of this morning when Four small boats approached the merchant ship to board it.
CENTCOM explained today in a lengthy statement that “at 6:30 a.m. local time (3:30 GMT), the container ship Maersk Hangzhou issued a second distress call in less than 24 hours reporting that it was under attack by four small Houthi vessels backed by Iran.” .
The people who were on said vessels “shot” at the container ship “with small-caliber weapons, getting closer than 20 meters to the ship, and tried to board it.”
However, “a security team embarked and hired on the Maersk Hanzghou returned fire,” he noted.
The ships that transit the Red Sea and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb have armed personnel on board and this is indicated when issuing their position, according to the different maritime tracking websites.
The US Naval Forces indicated that after this exchange of fire, “US helicopters responded to the distress call and in the process of issuing verbal calls to the small boats, they fired at the US helicopters with crew weapons and weapons. light.”
The American helicopters “returned fire in self-defense, sinking three of the four small boats and killing their crews. The fourth boat fled the area. “No personal or material damage was caused,” CENTCOM concluded in the statement.
(With information from EP and EFE)