Houthi Ansar Allah Movement: EU Establishment Of Red Sea Naval Task Force Violates International Law, Endangers European Interests In Region; EU Member States Should Avoid Getting Mixed Up In A Losing War

January 18, 2024

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On January 17, 2024, the Yemeni Houthi Ansar Allah movement's Ministry of Foreign Affairs published an official statement responding to recent Arab and Western media reports that the European Union intends to send a naval task force to the Red Sea to defend naval routes in the region from Houthi aggression.[1] The statement claims that this initiative constitutes "interference in the domestic matters of the countries on the coast of the Red Sea" and that the reports send the negative message that the EU is violating international law and human rights treaties with the goal of "assisting the Israeli enemy in its aggression and siege of the Palestinian people in Gaza."[2]

In addition, the statement argues that the establishment of a "naval coalition" by the E.U. parallels the "American-British attempt to establish a hostile military coalition in the region [i.e. Operation Prosperity Guardian] that will militarize the Red Sea and the Bab-el-Mandab Strait." It adds that such an act will "undermine international peace and security, enrage many of the free peoples of the world, and endanger European interests in the region."

According to the statement, the Yemeni navy will continue to prevent the passage of ships belonging to "the Israeli enemy" or sailing towards "occupied Palestine" until the "military aggression" and siege against the Gaza Strip end. It calls on E.U. countries to "re-examine the situation and avoid getting mixed up in a losing war – from a humanitarian, political, and military perspective."

Operation Prosperity Guardian, the U.S.-led naval coalition tasked with safeguarding international shipping routes in the Red Sea, sparked similar responses and threats from the Houthis, who referred to it as an "alliance of disgrace" and warned that it would lead to the expansion of the conflict in the region.[3]


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