Italy says Houthis must be stopped without triggering another war

Forces loyal to Yemen's Iran-backed Houthis take part in a mass funeral for fighters killed in battles with Saudi-backed government troops, in Yemen's capital Sanaa, on April 8, 2021. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
Forces loyal to Yemen's Iran-backed Houthis take part in a mass funeral for fighters killed in battles with Saudi-backed government troops, in Yemen's capital Sanaa, on April 8, 2021. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)

Yemen’s Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping must be stopped without triggering a new war, the Italian defense minister says, as the Iranian-backed group steps up attacks on commercial vessels.

US and British forces shot down 21 drones and missiles fired by the Houthis yesterday toward international Red Sea shipping lanes, the US military’s Central Command said, adding it was the 26th such Houthi attack since Nov. 19.

“It is a huge problem. It is a consequence of other (war) outbreaks. I would not like to open a third front of war at this time,” Crosetto tells Reuters, in a reference to current conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza.

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