BRITAIN could strike Houthi targets in Yemen again if the rebel group continues to attack ships in the Red Sea, Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron has suggested.
Lord Cameron warned that the Iran-linked militants could force up prices in Britain if they are allowed to block the passage of container ships in the busy trade route.
David Cameron has not ruled out further strikes on Yemen[/caption]
The US struck another site in Yemen early on Saturday after the Houthis vowed revenge for the bombing raid carried out by the Americans and the RAF a day earlier.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Lord Cameron said the joint action “will have gone some way to degrade Houthi capabilities built up with Iranian backing”.
He argued that not acting would be accepting that Houthi attacks could “virtually shut a vital sea lane with relative impunity”.
“If the Houthis deny this passage to ships, vital supply chains are threatened and prices will go up in Britain and across the globe.”
Lord Cameron said that the air strikes “sent an unambiguous message” to the Houthis that “we are determined to put a stop” to their Red Sea attacks.
And he hinted that Britain could join the US in striking the Houthis again if they continue.
on explained: “Military action should always be the last resort but we have had 26 attacks on ships.
“What was happening was unacceptable and we have sent the clearest possible message.
“We’ve demonstrated we are willing to follow words with action.”
Writing for the Independent, the Labour leader argued that “protecting trade, security and lives are paramount to our national interest”.
He said the Prime Minister “must make a full statement” to the Commons when it returns on Monday, but stressed the need for swift military action.
“That is why we must retain the flexibility to react with the necessary speed to threats, while also submitting to scrutiny,” he wrote.
Sir Keir was facing some criticism from the left over his support for the air strikes.
But his new comments and support for the raids contradict this.
Diane Abbott, who was Jeremy Corbyn‘s shadow home secretary but now sits as an independent, said: “In 2020 Keir Starmer said no more illegal wars. He said that he would only back war if it was legal, had a viable objective and Parliament gave consent.
“The current military action on Yemen has none of these yet he supports it.”