Carrier-based jets and warships successfully intercepted 21 drones and missiles launched by an Iran-backed group on Tuesday night. Responding to the attacks, the UN Security Council swiftly passed a resolution on Wednesday, calling for an immediate end to the Houthi assaults. The resolution explicitly endorsed the right of UN member states to defend their vessels against such threats.

The Houthi group, however, dismissed the resolution, with their spokesperson, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, labeling it a "political game." The Houthis claim to be targeting Israeli-linked vessels in protest of Israel's actions against Hamas in Gaza.

In response to the heightened tensions, the International Chamber of Shipping reported that 20% of the world's container ships are now avoiding the Red Sea, opting for a longer route around the southern tip of Africa.

The UN resolution demanded the immediate cessation of Houthi attacks, citing their adverse impact on global commerce, navigational rights, and regional peace and security. While eleven nations voted in favor, Russia, China, Mozambique, and Algeria chose to abstain.

Amid warnings of "consequences" for Houthi attacks, the US and its allies hinted at potential military actions. UK Defence Secretary Grant Shapps, when questioned about possible strikes in Yemen, stated, "Watch this space." Although the US has not officially approved any military moves, speculations about military counterattacks linger.

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The Houthi attacks on Tuesday targeted a US ship allegedly providing support to Israel, marking the 26th assault on commercial shipping in the Red Sea since November 19. The US military reported the launch of Iranian-designed one-way attack drones, anti-ship cruise missiles, and anti-ship ballistic missiles from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen.

The USS Dwight D Eisenhower, deployed in the Red Sea, along with four destroyers, successfully intercepted the threats. HMS Diamond, using its guns and Sea Viper missiles, shot down seven Houthi drones.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya al-Sarea confirmed their involvement in the operation, describing it as a response to the "treacherous assault" by US forces on their naval forces in late December.

Despite concerns from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres about the risks posed to global trade, the environment, and lives, as well as the potential escalation of the broader conflict in the Middle East, the situation remains highly volatile.