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Does Yemen have the right under international law to close Bab El Mandeb strait?

No. As Wikipedia puts it: Under the purview of the article 37 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the legal concept of transit passage applies to Bab el-Mandeb, although Eritrea (...
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Does Yemen have the right under international law to close Bab El Mandeb strait?

The quotes article attributes the threat of attack to Yemen Houthis, which are a rebel group, rather than the official government of Yemen: A senior official from Yemen’s Houthis has warned cargo ...
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Why don't countries disrupt food imports to Yemen as a response to attacks in the Red Sea?

Why not? Well, how about ethically dubious and would not work? Been tried before, by Saudi and UAE, with the helps of the Houthis *. Heck, I even had a question about that, years ago. Far as I ...
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Do the US and the UK have the right to attack Houthis?

They have the right to use force in self-defence. Earlier the same day as the security council resolution, it was reported that warships from both countries [US and UK] repelled a barrage of 21 ...
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Why don't countries disrupt food imports to Yemen as a response to attacks in the Red Sea?

Countries that have been attacked by Houthis would be well within their rights to stop all trades with Yemen. However, unilaterally attempting other countries to forcefully end economic ties with ...
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Credible evidence for Iran arming or funding the Houthi movement in Yemen?

Most western governments claim to have evidence of Iran military involvement in Yemen, including weapons shipments, that they keep classified. However, here are some concrete elements of proof that ...
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Is Germany still exporting arms to countries involved in Yemen?

In short: it's murky. In theory the answer is no -- there are no more arms sales to parties involved in the conflict: Conflicts abroad have also spurred Germany to prohibit or put a freeze on the ...
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Are Saudi Arabia's air defences actually working?

According to some news reports, the Saudi even shot down drones in July this year: Saudi Arabia's air force intercepted and destroyed three Houthi drones before they could reach targets in the ...
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Why won't Israel take a more aggressive measure against the Houthis in Yemen?

Why won't Israel take a more aggressive measure against the Houthis in Yemen? It seems that Israel is just shooting down missiles and drones while not attacking the Houthis in Yemen. Is there a reason ...
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Why are there so few reactions to the Houthis' attacks on ships?

the Houthis attacked a British ship but your source says: Bahamas-flagged. Iran has even seized UK-flagged ships in the past, mind you. That at least did draw an official response from the UK. A (...
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Is there any other Middle Eastern country besides Iran that has been critical of the U.S. strikes in Yemen?

Algeria: Algeria described the US-British airstrikes in Yemen on Friday as a "dangerous escalation" that will undermine UN “efforts to find a solution to the conflict” in the country. The ...
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Is Germany still exporting arms to countries involved in Yemen?

Yes. German companies supply parts for weapons systems sold to these countries, and also dual-use goods to military customers.
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Why did Russia vote to renew the arms embargo and other sanctions on Yemen?

The short answer is oil. Russia's also has interest to maintain good relations with the Saudis, which seems to be very beneficial to both sides, and this vote might be a nod towards them. Russia, ...
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Is Germany still exporting arms to countries involved in Yemen?

The German government likes to deny that such deals happen, at the same time that they are approved by the government via its security council only after strict investigation, and it even goes to ...
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Do the US and the UK have the right to attack Houthis?

Lag's answer is better. I wanted to add direct notes about UN and self defense. Article 51 of the UN Charter: Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or ...
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Why won't Israel take a more aggressive measure against the Houthis in Yemen?

Question: Why won't Israel take a more aggressive measure against the Houthis in Yemen? Short Answer: They don't want to provoke Saudi Arabia. If Israel can ignore the Houthis, they will. If ...
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Does Secretary of State's statement mean anything?

In a subsequent statement Pompeo said The Saudis were the nation that was attacked. It was on their soil. It was an act of war against them directly. So the interpretation given by some of the ...
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Credible evidence for Iran arming or funding the Houthi movement in Yemen?

A recent study by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime claims that Iranian weapons made it to Somalia via the Iran-Yemen route. According to its report entitled AN IRANIAN ...
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Trump administration and the war in Yemen

The U.S. has mostly provided low key logistical support and remains a major arms supplier to Saudi Arabia, but has urged restraint in recent times. But, it has avoided a front line combat role and has ...
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Yemen - why isn't the West distancing itself from the blockade?

According to Colonel Larry Wilkerson (Real News video interview this year, I don't remember the date or have a link, sorry, I'll edit in a link of I can find it), In America's case, Obama initiated ...
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Are Saudi Arabia's air defences actually working?

If you Google a little, you will find some news reporting that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia were intercepted: December 2017: A missile allegedly launched against Saudi Arabia's king's residence ...
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Why won't Israel take a more aggressive measure against the Houthis in Yemen?

They currently have an operation in Gaza. On top of that, there is an ongoing low intensity conflict on the northern border with Hezbollah. It can go hot at any moment if one of the parties give a ...
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What are the actual demands by Yemeni "Houthis" for stopping the Bab Al-Mandab attacks?

I've found a statement by spokesperson of the Yemeni Armed Forces, which is not quite a statement of the Yemeni (Houthi) government, but is kind of official. It's quoted in a story on Al-Mayadeen (in ...
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Why are there so few reactions to the Houthis' attacks on ships?

Update: Reuters (2024-01-11): The United States and Britain have started carrying out strikes against targets linked to Houthis in Yemen The US and its Western allies do not want to escalate and ...
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Why did Russia vote to renew the arms embargo and other sanctions on Yemen?

To add to the 'probably because the Saudis wanted that' list: Russia supported the Saudis vs the West in some respects in that conflict, e.g. In October 2021, Russia voted against a Dutch resolution ...
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Is Qatar still backing any sides in the Yemen conflict?

Apparently not, at least not in any way that is known publicly. It is widely reported that they withdrew support in 2017 but I can find no evidence that they reversed this or that they continued to ...
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Why are some formerly pro-government militants now fighting alongside the Houthis?

Apparently these are UAE-backed militias. The UAE is apparently more willing to reach a peace agreement with the Houthis than the Saudis are. The UAE-backed militias have attacked the Saudi-backed ...
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Credible evidence for Iran arming or funding the Houthi movement in Yemen?

Iran's support for Houthis is evident and they are a part of what the Islamic Republic calls The Axis of Resistance(along with Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, Hash-al Shabi in Iraq, Zeynabiun in ...
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Credible evidence for Iran arming or funding the Houthi movement in Yemen?

Just another data point, but essentially the Houthis transitioned from Iran-, industrially assembled drones to locally assembled ones. Normally, a country/manufacturer progresses the other way around, ...
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