LONDON (Agencies): In a significant development, Britain has decided to withdraw its destroyer, HMS DIAMOND, from the Red Sea due to mounting tensions and security concerns.
The vessel faced a series of intense clashes with Yemeni forces, enduring three separate attacks that included missile strikes and drone assaults.
Yemeni authorities have claimed responsibility for damaging the destroyer during these incidents.While Britain officially cites “technical reasons” for the withdrawal, the situation on the ground suggests a more urgent need to safeguard the vessel and its crew.
The Red Sea region has become a hotspot for conflict, with Houthi rebels launching strikes against international shipping. The recent attacks on HMS DIAMOND have raised alarm bells among Western nations.
The United States and the United Kingdom have issued stern warnings to the Houthi rebels, emphasizing that further attacks on ships could trigger significant consequences. Approximately 15% of world maritime trade normally flows through the waters south of the Suez Canal, making the situation critical for global commerce.
British Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has directly accused Iran of aiding the Yemeni rebels with intelligence and surveillance. This underscores broader geopolitical tensions in the region.
The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution condemning Houthi attacks and demanding an immediate halt. The international community closely monitors developments as the Red Sea remains a flashpoint for conflict and maritime security concerns.