Erdogan criticizes U.S. and UK, accuses them of turning Red Sea into a ‘Sea of Blood’

Erdogan, a vocal critic of Western support for Israel’s campaign against Hamas, expressed his dissatisfaction with the air and sea strikes carried out by the U.S. and UK in retaliation to Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping.

In a bold and assertive statement, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the United States and the United Kingdom for what he perceives as a disproportionate use of force in response to Houthi strikes in Yemen. Erdogan accused the two NATO member countries of attempting to transform the Red Sea into a “sea of blood,” marking another instance of his outspoken criticism of Western nations, particularly in the context of the Gaza war involving Israel.

Erdogan, a vocal critic of Western support for Israel’s campaign against Hamas, expressed his dissatisfaction with the air and sea strikes carried out by the U.S. and UK in retaliation to Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping. Erdogan stated that all that had been done amounted to a disproportionate use of force, thereby emphasizing his profound concern about the unfolding situation in the region. He asserted that, currently, there is an attempt to turn the Red Sea into a sea of blood, and Yemen, in collaboration with the Houthis, communicates its intention to provide the necessary response in the region to the United States and Britain.

Ankara, Erdogan revealed, received information from various channels indicating that the Houthi forces were mounting a “very successful defence, response” against the military actions taken by the U.S. and Britain. Additionally, Erdogan mentioned that Iran was actively assessing how it could protect itself against all that was happening, offering insight into the broader regional dynamics.

Turkey has positioned itself as a staunch supporter of Yemen’s internationally recognized government and has actively endorsed the United Nations-led peace process aimed at resolving the conflict between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels. Erdogan’s condemnation of Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia further underscores Turkey’s commitment to regional stability.

Erdogan’s criticism of the U.S. and UK echoes his consistent stance against what he perceives as disproportionate or unjust actions by Western powers. This latest rebuke follows his previous condemnations of Western support for Israel during the Gaza war, indicating a recurring pattern in Turkish foreign policy.

As the geopolitical landscape in the Red Sea region continues to evolve, Erdogan’s statements contribute to the ongoing discourse surrounding the complex relationships and alliances in the Middle East.