The British Foreign Secretary begins a fourth tour in the Middle East to confront Houthi attacks

Madrid, January 30 (European Press) –

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron began his fourth tour of the Middle East on Tuesday, starting with a stop in Oman where he will meet his Omani counterpart, to counter attacks by Yemen's Houthi rebels against boats. The Red Sea, in addition to an “immediate cessation of the conflict” in the Gaza Strip.

“The Houthis continue to attack ships in the Red Sea, putting lives at risk, delaying vital aid to the Yemeni people and disrupting global trade. We cannot ignore the risk of the conflict in Gaza spilling over the border into other countries in the region. He added: “We will do everything in our power to ensure that If this happens: escalation and instability will not benefit anyone.”

Cameron, who met in previous days with the Israeli, Palestinian, Qatari and Turkish authorities, indicated that the visit would be an “opportunity” to move forward in establishing a contact group with the United States, the European Union, Arab and international countries. Gulf states and Turkey to “build momentum towards a lasting solution.”

“In Gaza, there is an urgent need for an immediate halt to allow aid in and hostages out. We are determined to do everything in our power to push for a sustainable ceasefire and are intensifying our engagement with countries in the region to ensure that,” he added, according to a statement issued by his office.

The Houthis, who have controlled the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and the northern and western regions of the country since 2015, responded to the Israeli attack on Gaza with more than twenty attacks against ships that have some kind of connection to Israel, and stressed that they guarantee freedom of navigation for the rest of the ships. After that, the United States and the United Kingdom bombed rebel positions on Yemeni soil.

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The Israeli army launched its attack on the Palestinian Strip after Hamas attacks, which left about 1,200 people dead and about 240 kidnapped. Authorities in the militia-controlled enclave have so far reported nearly 26,600 Palestinians killed due to the Israeli offensive, with 360 people killed in security force operations and settler attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

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