The United Nations Security Council, with 11 in favour and four abstentions, has approved a resolution calling on the Houthi rebels in Yemen to immediately cease their attacks on shipping lanes.
This resolution serves as a warning about escalating tensions in the region.
The Security Council resolution, presented by the United States and Japan, demands the release of the detained vessel, Galaxy Leader, which was seized by the Houthis, who had detained 28 crew members.
The Security Council emphasized that member countries of the United Nations have the right to defend themselves against Houthi attacks under international law.
In recent weeks, the Houthi rebels have carried out drone and missile attacks against commercial ships in the Red Sea.
This group, aligned with the Islamic Republic of Iran, claims to have conducted these attacks in support of Palestine.
The Houthi rebels had previously stated that any vessel connected to or heading towards Israel would be targeted without consideration for their own country’s interests.
In the 2023 Israel-Hamas War, over 18,000 Palestinians and 1,382 Israelis lost their lives. Additionally, more than 1.9 million Palestinians were displaced within Gaza, and around 500,000 Israelis were also displaced.