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NATO's air attack on Yemen from Cyprus - Are the British bases used as a motive?

With a series of air strikes, London plans to counter the escalating attacks by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea, a strategic maritime route.

British aircraft are reportedly preparing to launch a series of airstrikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels following recent attacks on ships in the Red Sea.

As reported by sigmalive.com, reports first published in the Times (1/1/24) suggest that Britain plans to coordinate with Western allies, including the United States and possibly another European nation, to carry out targeted missile strikes.


Reports put the British bases in Cyprus as the possible base against the Houthis with the use of Typhoons with Storm Shadow AF missiles operating from the island.

"It is understood that the coordinated strikes could include RAF warplanes or HMS Diamond, a Type 45 destroyer that successfully destroyed a Sea Viper missile attack drone in the Red Sea this month," the Times notes.

Possible targets include locations in the Red Sea or in mainland Yemen, the base of the Houthi rebels.

The decision follows a warning from Grant Shapps, the UK's defence secretary. On Sunday, Shapps said: "If the Houthis continue to threaten lives and commerce, we will be forced to take necessary and appropriate action."
The gravity of the situation is underscored by the planned release of an unprecedented joint UK-US statement warning the Houthis against continued aggression against merchant ships.

Houthi rebels are actively targeting ships in the Red Sea, a strategic maritime route. These actions are interpreted as manifestations of support for Hamas in its conflict with Israel in Gaza.

The impact of these attacks has been that many shipping companies have resorted to the longer, more expensive route around Africa's Cape of Good Hope instead of going through the Suez Canal.

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