Greece to join U.S.-led coalition to protect Red Sea shipping from Yemen’s Houthis

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Greece has agreed to send in warship to support a United States-led naval coalition in the Red Sea, becoming the latest country to join the alliance to counter threats from Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the Red Sea.

Defense Minister Nikos Dendias announced the move in a televised address on Thursday, saying Greece, as a major shipping nation, has a “fundamental interest” while addressing the “massive threat” to maritime transport.

The naval task force, announced by the US on Tuesday, initially listed 10 member nations to help patrol the water to deter the Iran-aligned Houthis, who have attacked more than a dozen vessels, which they claim were linked to Israel amid its war with Gaza.

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The Iran-backed group has claimed that they will halt the attacks only if Israel’s crime in Gaza stop.

The original members of the Red Sea task force, which has been named Operation Prosperity Guardian, include the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands, Seychelles, Spain, and Norway.

Since then, as per the reports by Reuters, Denmark has also joined the coalition. Additionally, the European Union member states have also agreed to contribute through the European Naval Force.