The US administration has promised to hold the armed Houthi group in Yemen accountable for the seizure of a cargo ship in the Red Sea.
US Deputy Secretary of Defense for Middle East Affairs Dana Stroul described the incident as a “threat to freedom of navigation”, and called for the release of the Galactic Leader and its crew.
She added in statements to Al-Sharq TV that the seizure of a commercial ship is “a threat to freedom of navigation and freedom of trade, unacceptable exploitation, and a violation of global order”, and demanded “the release of the ship and the crew on board it without any conditions.”
Yesterday evening, the deputy spokesman of the US State Department, Nathan Tech, said: “The Houthis represent a threat to freedom of navigation, therefore we ask the Central Command and the Ministry of Defense to work regularly to protect the high seas”, adding, “I cannot to enter the details of the last incident, but we have no doubt “We are focused on freedom of navigation in international waterways for the free flow of commerce.”
In an interview with Al-Hurra TV tonight, he reiterated that one of the priorities of the United States now is “to make sure that the conflict does not escalate, and that Iran and its agents do not try to exploit the situation.”
He said: “Therefore, we have engaged in active diplomacy, including Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s repeated visits to the region to discuss the issue with our regional partners, in addition to the deployment of military forces in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as diplomatic activities against Iranian groups.”
He added: “We take this matter seriously to make sure that groups allied with Iran think twice before entering this conflict because this will destabilize the entire region.”
Yesterday, the Iran-aligned Houthi militia announced the seizure of what it said was an Israeli merchant ship in the Red Sea, and said it did so “in support of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza.” Its military spokesman, Yahya Saree, said they would not hesitate to target any ship belonging to the Israeli entity.
From time to time, militias come out and announce operations that they say target the Israeli entity, in an attempt to whitewash the crimes they have committed against the Yemenis over the years, as they have killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis, forcibly displaced millions of their homes , villages, and cities, and committed atrocities similar to what was committed by the Zionist entity against the Palestinians