Houthis threaten to extend area of operations, warns Ambrey

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In its latest ‘threat circular’, security analyst Ambrey notes that air strikes on Houthi military positions by the UK and US have not stopped or deterred the Houthi threat to shipping.

“The Houthis have stated that the American-British aggression will not affect the upward trajectory of operations in terms of range, momentum, accuracy, and strength,” the analyst adds

Since Ambrey’s last threat circular on the 7th of March 2024, a further three vessels have been targeted six times. In total, merchant vessels have been targeted at least 57 times since their offensive actions began on the 19th of November 2023.

The RUBYMAR was the first vessel to have been sunk and, on the 6th of March, three mariners lost their lives due to the Houthi aggression.

“The international military presence in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden is unable to fully protect shipping and often acts as a first responder,” warns the analyst.

Hence “the vast majority of Israeli-, American-, and British-affiliated shipping has taken to transiting via the Cape of Good Hope to avoid the threat posed by the Houthis,” Ambrey concludes.

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