The Iranian-backed rebels are militarily and politically stronger than ever. US airstrikes hardly affect them. They are endangering the global economy with their missile attacks on merchant ships in the Red Sea.
Istanbul. The poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula is becoming a risk to the global economy. Houthi rebels in Yemen have been attacking Western merchant ships in the Red Sea with missiles since November and have not been deterred by American airstrikes. Large shipping companies therefore avoid the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, which makes transport more expensive and delays.
American military officials say their attacks on rebel positions since January 12 have disabled up to 30% of Houthi weapons. But the Houthis apparently still have enough rockets and continue to fire. Militarily and politically, the Houthis are stronger than ever.