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UN Security Council to Hold Meetings on Gaza, Yemen Crises


Fri 12 Jan 2024 | 02:20 PM
Israa Farhan

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is set to hold two crucial meetings today, addressing pressing issues in the Middle East, specifically focusing on the situation in the Gaza Strip and the recent joint strikes by the United States and the United Kingdom in Yemen.

The first meeting will center on the Middle East, with a particular emphasis on the Palestinian question. Among the topics on the agenda is the issue of forced Palestinian displacement.

Following this, an open briefing will be held, discussing the recent strikes carried out by the United States and Great Britain in Yemen

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to serve as the keynote speaker.

In the early hours of Friday, the armed forces of the United States and the United Kingdom launched strikes on positions held by the Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebel movement in Yemen.

US President Joe Biden justified the strikes as a response to "unprecedented Houthi attacks" in the Red Sea.

These strikes specifically targeted Houthi munitions depots, launching systems, production facilities, and air defense radar systems, citing self-defense as the primary motivation.

In the wake of the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Gaza Strip, the Houthis had previously issued warnings that they would strike Israeli territory and obstruct the passage of ships associated with Israel through the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

This ultimatum remained in effect until the operations in the Palestinian enclave were halted. According to assessments by US Central Command, the Houthis have conducted over 20 attacks on vessels and civilian ships in the Red Sea since mid-November.

The US Air Force has reported conducting strikes on more than 60 targets across 16 facilities controlled by Yemen's Houthis.

These meetings reflect the urgency and complexity of the crises currently unfolding in the Middle East, requiring international diplomatic efforts to address the multifaceted challenges faced by the region.