Qatar’s state energy company has suspended shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) through the Red Sea. Qatar made the announcement after the US-led offensive against Houthi militants in Yemen. Along with other companies, Qatar has stopped the shipment of goods. As a result, the important trade routes of the world are going to be in more crisis.
Like other companies, Qatar Energy, the world’s second largest LNG exporter, has detained at least four LNG tankers in the Red Sea. However, the company’s production continues, Reuters reported, citing an official of the company.
Meanwhile, car maker Suzuki has said that there has been some disruption in the supply process due to the unrest. Production at the Eztergom plant in Hungary will be halted from January 15-21 due to a delay in the arrival of Japanese-made engines as a result of the Red Sea invasion.
The West launched a counterattack in Yemen in response to a series of attacks on cargo ships in the Red Sea by the Houthis in protest against attacks on Palestinians in Gaza. As a result, global trade is under threat as well as there is a risk of conflict spreading across the Middle East.
The Houthis have been at war with the Saudi-led coalition for years. But the Houthi forces have also looked to the nearby sea as a way to put pressure on Israel.
The US Navy shot down a missile launched by the Houthis on Sunday. A missile fired from Yemen’s Houthi-controlled area shot down a US warplane in the southern Red Sea.
The Houthis have been targeting various ships in the Red Sea in recent months. The Houthis have been attacking from this location with the support of the Palestinians. The midair interception is the latest incident in the Red Sea.
In a statement posted on social media X (formerly Twitter), the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said that no injuries or damage were reported in the latest incident. The missile was shot down near the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah.
Earlier on Sunday, the Houthis claimed that US aircraft were seen flying close to Yemeni airspace and coastal areas. Referring to the planes as ‘enemies’, Houthi spokesman Mohammad Abdul Salam said such activities by the planes were a clear violation of national sovereignty.