“It is too risky in Bab Al-Mandeb, as evident from the Houthi attacks.”
Speaking to arabnews.com, he added: “Had the attacks succeeded, it would have been catastrophic.
“The world, especially the European nations, must step up to the plate and play their part in neutralising the threat from Iran and the Houthis.
“This is not just our fight. These militias, who are armed to teeth by Iran, pose a threat not just to us but to the entire global economy.
“Iran has repeatedly threatened that it will attack oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. And what has been the response from Europe? Criticism of the Saudi efforts and more pandering and cajoling of Tehran.
“Well, this cannot go on. They need to decide, and fast, what they want – oil to keep their economies running, or ties with Iran.
“Now is the time for them to take a stand.”
Oubai Shahbandar, a Syrian-American analyst and fellow at the New America Foundation’s International Security Program, agreed, saying: “Disrupting the freedom of movement of oil shipments and threatening the sanctity of global energy markets will be viewed by the international community as a red line.
“Targeting international shipping through the Bab Al-Mandeb really highlights the strategic threat to regional stability posed by Houthi militants and their missile arsenal.”
The attacks were launched in the same week US President Donald Trump lashed Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Twitter, warning “consequences” if he threatened the US”.
And yesterday, Iranian military chief Qassem Soleimani upped the stakes by telling Mr Trump Iran would “destroy all that you possess”.