Greece joins US-led coalition to counter Yemen rebel attacks in Red Sea

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Greece is set to deploy a warship to bolster a naval coalition led by the United States in the Red Sea, becoming the latest country to join the alliance in fighting Yemen’s Houthis.

Al Jazeera shared that Defence Minister Nikos Dendias announced the decision in a televised address on Thursday, stating that Greece, as a significant shipping nation, has a “fundamental interest” in tackling the “massive threat” to maritime transport.

Member nations of the European Union have also committed to contribute through the European Naval Force.

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Greece on Thursday became the latest nation to join a U.S.-led international military coalition to protect merchant shipping navigating the Red Sea from attacks by Houthi rebels in Yemen. Photo: Samantha Alman / U.S Navy / UPI News.

Despite the Western show of force, the Houthis have pledged to keep attacking ships traveling to or from Israel as long as the Gaza war continues.

Houthi leader, Abdel-Malik al-Houthi warned on Wednesday that if Washington targeted the group, it would not hesitate to strike US warships.

“We will not stand idly by if the Americans are tempted to escalate further and commit foolishness by targeting our country or waging war against it,” al-Houthi said in a televised speech.

Source: Al Jazeera

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