UK Vows to Strike Houthis Again if Red Sea Attacks Continue, Says David Cameron


Foreign Secretary Warns of Consequences

Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron has suggested that Britain could strike Houthi targets in Yemen once more if the rebel group continues to attack ships in the Red Sea. Lord Cameron warned that allowing the Iran-linked militants to block the passage of container ships in the busy trade route could lead to increased prices in Britain.

Joint Action to Degrade Houthi Capabilities

In an article for the Sunday Telegraph, Lord Cameron stated that the recent joint action taken by the US and UK forces "will have gone some way to degrade Houthi capabilities built up with Iranian backing". He emphasized that not taking action would mean accepting that Houthi attacks could shut down a vital sea lane with little consequence.

Unambiguous Message

Lord Cameron also hinted that Britain could join the US in striking the Houthis again if the attacks continue. He stated that the recent air strikes have sent an "unambiguous message" to the rebels that the international community is determined to put a stop to their Red Sea attacks.

Support from Labour Leader

Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, defended his support for the strikes. In an article for the Independent, he argued that protecting trade, security, and lives are of utmost importance to the national interest. However, he stressed the need for swift military action and the requirement for the Prime Minister to provide a full statement to the Commons upon its return.

Criticism from the Left

Sir Keir Starmer has faced criticism from the left for his support of the air strikes. During his campaign for the Labour leadership, he promised "no more illegal wars" and proposed a law that would require a Commons vote before military action. Diane Abbott, an independent MP who previously served as Jeremy Corbyn's shadow home secretary, accused Starmer of contradicting his previous stance on military interventions.