Mon. Jun 17th, 2024

NNA -nbsp;Britain will quot;wait and seequot; before deciding to launch fresh militarynbsp;strikesagainst the Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen in order to protect international shipping, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said on Monday.

quot;Let#39;s wait and see what happens, because it#39;s not that we want to be involved in action in the Red Sea. But ultimately freedom of navigation is an international right that must be protected,quot; Shapps told Sky News, when asked if Britain would carry out more strikes.

Britainnbsp;last weeknbsp;participated in U.S.-led air strikes across Yemen against Houthi forces in retaliation for months of attacks on Red Sea shipping, but was not involved the following day when U.S. forces conducted a further strike.

Since those strikes, Houthi militantsnbsp;on Sundayfired an anti-ship cruise missile towards a U.S. destroyer in the Southern Red Sea. It was shot down by a U.S. fighter jet.–Reutersnbsp;