UN Security Council urges immediate ceasefire: Houthis instructed to halt Red Sea attacks

UN Security Council demands an immediate end to Houthi attacks in the Red Sea, citing threats to global commerce and peace.

An immediate end to the attacks by the rebels of Yemen on the shipping of the Red Sea has been demanded by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. “Houthis immediately cease all such attacks, which impede global commerce and undermine navigational rights and freedoms as well as regional peace and security”, demands the resolution that has been passed.

The attacks that have been conducted by the Houthis in the Red Sea have caused shipping companies to bypass the routes and divert around the Cape of Good Hope of South Africa, notably multiplying the time and cost of the journey.

The United Nations had previously conveyed its ongoing concern, emphasizing its apprehension about the situation in the Red Sea. This unease extends not only due to the immediate circumstances but also because of the associated risks it poses to global trade.

According to the document reviewed by Agence France-Presse, the resolution strongly condemns at least two dozen attacks by the Houthi group on merchant and commercial vessels since November 19, 2023. This period marks the incident when the Houthis attacked and took control of the Galaxy Leader along with its crew.

The Houthis who control the swathes of Yemen have intensified their attacks on the Red Sea as a response to the attacks of October 7 by Hamas on Israel and the attacks of Israel in Gaza. According to them, they are working with the Palestinians in unanimity in Gaza.

The United States, in December, developed an international coalition to safeguard maritime traffic from the attacks of the Houthis. Russia’s three amendments to the resolution have been voted down.

The Russian UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, expressed that they do not find cause for concern regarding the present situation in the Red Sea. Nevertheless, he conveyed apprehension about the United States and its allies consistently opting for a unilateral and forceful approach, as observed on numerous occasions in the past.

The resolution passed also notes that the violation of the arms prohibition against the Houthis also recapitulates to all the member states to stick and be fixed to the obligations and moral imperative. The resolution “condemns the provision of arms” to the Houthis. The United States and Japan through the tabled resolution demand for the root causes to be addressed also including the conflicts that give rise to regional tension.