Major European energy companies suspended their operations in the Red Sea.
The French company Total Energy said in a statement that it had not sent its ships through the Bab al-Mandab Strait for weeks, citing the escalating risks.
The company indicated that it is facing difficulties with the alternative line via the Cape of Good Hope.
The company is one of several Western companies that suspended its operations in the Red Sea, despite Sanaa’s assurance of freedom of navigation, except for those heading to Israeli ports.
It is not clear whether the decision was part of the American-Israeli attempts to pressure the European Union to participate in the coalition of aggression against Yemen or for other goals, but the company’s announcement of suspending operations despite France’s deployment of many fleets confirms once again the failure of the military card to secure the ships.