Yemen’s Houthis, a militant Islamic group, have vowed to keep attacking ships in the Red Sea despite the formation of a US-led task force to deter such attacks. The United Nations-backed government in Yemen, along with several other nations, have condemned the Houthis’ belligerence. But the organization remains unrepentant, indicating that it will remain active in its efforts to control the region. The Red Sea task force was created in response to a series of attacks by the Houthis against vessels in the Red Sea in late October, according to a statement by the U.S. government. The goal of the task force, led by the United States in coordination with France, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia, is to deter any further aggression in the region. In their statement, the Houthis accused the task force of violating international law and said that they would continue to launch such attacks in the future. They have also warned that any attempts by foreign vessels to restrict their activities would be met with a “firm and consistent response”. The situation is no doubt a matter of grave concern for the international community. The Houthis have a history of disregarding international law and this latest development suggests that they have no intention of changing their ways. It remains to be seen whether or not the task force will be able to prevent further attacks. But in the meantime, the world must be vigilant and take the necessary steps to protect commercial vessels in Red Sea. It is imperative that the international community continues to pressure the Houthis to cease their belligerence and abide by international law.