In a recent televised speech, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah expressed concern over the United States’ actions in the Red Sea, emphasizing potential risks to the security of shipping in the region. Nasrallah stated that the security of the Red Sea, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen is closely tied to ending the genocide in Gaza.
The comments follow joint US and UK air force operations targeting Houthi rebels in Yemen, responding to their alleged attacks on ships linked to Israel. Nasrallah urged addressing the root cause instead of treating the symptoms.
The US, targeting Houthi facilities, has heightened fears of a regional spillover from the Gaza war, prompting the rebels to promise retaliation. Houthi actions against international shipping have disrupted global commerce, leading to Western intervention.
Nasrallah warned that the US actions turned the Red Sea into a “theatre of fighting,” impacting maritime navigation for all ships, regardless of their destination or affiliation. Despite Hezbollah refraining from direct involvement in the conflict, tensions along the southern border with Israel remain high.
Hezbollah’s strategy includes daily attacks along the border, contributing to the evacuation of tens of thousands on both sides. Nasrallah sees pressure on displaced Israelis as a key element, aiming to incite them against the Israeli government.
While the situation remains confined to the border, the risk of escalation persists, exacerbated by recent targeted attacks in Beirut and ongoing exchanges of fire. The geopolitical landscape in the region continues to evolve amid these complex dynamics.