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13 January 2024 - 13:46
UN official calls developments in Red Sea 'alarming'

A UN official has voiced concern about tension in the Red Sea that would affect Yemen and the region while describing the developments in the Red Sea as "alarming".

"These developments in the Red Sea and the risk of exacerbating regional tensions are alarming," Anadolu agency reported citing Assistant Secretary-General for the Middle East and Asia and the Pacific Khaled Khiari in the UN Security Council meeting on Friday.

The 15-member Council met one day after the US and the UK, with the support of Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands, conducted air strikes against military targets in Yemen.

"We call on this Council to continue its efforts in actively engaging with all concerned parties to prevent further escalation from exacerbating regional tensions or undermining regional peace, security, or international trade," added Khiari.

Yemeni Armed Forces, which said it targets Israeli-linked vessels in solidarity with the people of Gaza, said the US and Britain will "pay a heavy price."

In response to the US and the UK attacks against Yemeni, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said such aggressive acts are a clear violation of the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Yemen and go against international laws.

During recent months, the Yemeni Armed Forces have been staging missile and drone strikes against vessels linked to the Israeli regime or those heading to Israeli ports in support of war-hit Palestinians in Gaza.

Since its onset on October 7, the Israeli war has killed more than 23,500 Palestinians, mostly women and children.

The United States has been providing Israel with unbridled military and political support in its onslaught against Gaza, arming Tel Aviv with more than 10,000 tons of military hardware. The US has also cast its veto against all United Nations Security Council resolutions that have called for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

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