The attacks were launched on the orders of US President Joe Biden, with the US military working alongside Britain and the support of Australia, Bahrain, Canada and the Netherlands, the president said.
The White House insists, however, that Iran is “not seeking conflict” with Iran, which backs the Houthi movement.
“We're not looking to escalate, and there's no reason to escalate beyond what happened in recent days,” US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told MSNBC.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says attacks on the movement are “necessary and disproportionate”.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for peace.
– The Secretary-General further calls on all parties involved not to escalate the situation for the sake of peace and stability in the Red Sea and the wider region, says Stephane Dujarric, Guterres' spokesman.
Along with South Korea, New Zealand, Germany and Denmark, the countries behind the attack write that they want to reduce tensions and restore stability around the Red Sea, but at the same time do not hesitate when it comes to protecting and protecting the unimpeded flow. Trade in critical shipping.
The Danish government has announced that it will ground a Danish warship in the Red Sea following attacks on Danish-owned ships.
On the initiative of Russia, the UN Security Council has been called for an emergency meeting on Friday due to the attack by the United States and Great Britain.
A vow of revenge
Threats come from the Houthi movement that the response to the attacks will be forceful and that they will “continue to influence” Israeli ships.
“All US-British interests have become legitimate targets,” the group wrote in a statement on Friday.
The US Navy has warned US-flagged ships to stay away from the Red Sea areas around Yemen and the Gulf of Aden for the next 72 hours.
Fixed: Previous version contained incorrect information about which countries signed the statement.
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