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Houthis' Surging Arsenal: A New Reality in Middle East

Updated: Jan 19



The recent US-UK attacks on Houthi targets mark a significant turning point in the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. Far from being a rag-tag army, the Houthi fighters have evolved into a formidable force equipped with advanced drones, cruise and ballistic missiles, and anti-ship weapons. This dramatic escalation challenges the perception of the Houthi militia and underscores the struggle of US and Western policies in the region.

 

Deeply rooted in the "axis of resistance," their military capabilities now include an extensive arsenal. The Houthis boast advanced drones, cruise and ballistic missiles, and sophisticated anti-ship weaponry. This newfound strength has enabled them to effectively challenge regional powers and assert control over strategically significant areas.

 

The Houthi fighters control the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, and dominate the strategically important Red Sea coastline. This geographical advantage allows them to attack commercial shipping in the crucial waterway, with the aim of pressuring international actors to broker a ceasefire in Gaza and lift the blockade on the Strip.

 

The recurring Houthi attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea highlight the need for a global front against the group in the region. Despite numerous warnings, the Houthis continue to pose a threat to global maritime trade. The airstrikes launched by the US-led coalition may not be enough to deter their intent, as the Houthi leadership remains steadfast in their commitment to challenging perceived Western interference.

 

Efforts by US and British officials to separate the Houthi actions from the ongoing conflict in Gaza are either disingenuous or misguided. The Houthi rebels perceive the US and the UK as actively supporting Israel in the Gaza war. This perception is reinforced by the Houthi narrative, drawing parallels between the American-made bombs used by the Saudi-led coalition against them and the weaponry employed in Gaza.

 

The recent military intervention further intertwines Western interests with the broader Middle East conflicts. The international community must carefully navigate these complexities to avoid further escalation and seek diplomatic solutions to the underlying issues fueling the crisis.

 

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