5 Feb 2024

NZ supports US-led strikes in Yemen

From Midday Report, 12:16 pm on 5 February 2024

An international relations expert says New Zealand's involvement in military strikes in Yemen suggests we're responding to violations of international law in the Red Sea, but not in Gaza.

This comes after the US hit 13 targets in Houthi controlled-parts of Yemen on Sunday, with support from several countries including New Zealand.

Jon Stephenson, a journalist who's worked in several war zones, says New Zealand has sent an SAS led team to the Middle East.

He says the SAS team is a group of intelligence analysts.

They won't step foot in Yemen, but are based at either a US or coalition base, or on a command ship directly involved in the strikes.

Otago University professor Robert Patman spoke to Ben Strang.