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The recent escalation of tensions in the Middle East has sparked concerns about supply disruptions and sent oil prices climbing. On Monday, January 29, 2024, oil prices rose by more than 1% following a drone attack on U.S. forces in Jordan and the Houthi rebels’ intensified attacks on vessels in the Red Sea.
Drone Attack on U.S. Forces in Jordan
On January 29, Houthi rebels launched a drone attack on a military base in Jordan where U.S. soldiers are stationed. The attack did not cause any casualties, but it served as a stark reminder of the growing threat posed by the Houthis and their backers in Iran.
Houthis Intensify Attacks on Vessels in Red Sea
In addition to the drone attack on U.S. forces, the Houthis have also stepped up their attacks on vessels in the Red Sea. On January 29, they hit a Trafigura-operated fuel tanker, marking the latest in a series of attacks targeting commercial shipping in the region.
The escalation of tensions in the Middle East has raised concerns about potential disruptions to oil supplies from the region, which could further boost prices. Brent crude futures rose by more than 1% on Monday to trade above $79 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures also gained ground.
Analysts have warned that the situation in the Middle East could continue to destabilize oil prices in the coming weeks and months. “The air of complacency lingering around the oil market has evaporated,” said Tony Sycamore, an analyst at IG markets.
Implications for Global Economy
The rise in oil prices could have a significant impact on the global economy, particularly for countries that are heavily reliant on imported oil. Higher energy costs could lead to higher inflation and reduced economic growth.
Outlook for the Oil Market
The oil market is likely to remain volatile in the near term as tensions in the Middle East continue to simmer. Investors will need to keep a close eye on developments in the region and be prepared for further volatility in oil prices.
Oil prices climbed on Monday after a drone attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels killed three U.S. troops and two American civilians in Jordan.
The attack, which also wounded six American troops, was the deadliest against U.S. forces in Syria since October 2019. It comes as the Biden administration is seeking to de-escalate tensions with Iran and its proxies in the region.
The drone attack targeted a base near the city of Al-Tanf, which is home to a U.S.-led coalition of troops fighting ISIS. The base has been repeatedly attacked by the Houthis, who are backed by Iran.
The attack sent oil prices up by more than 1% in early trading. Analysts said that the attack could lead to further disruptions to oil supplies from the Middle East, which could further boost prices.
“The drone attack is a reminder of the risks of operating in the Middle East,” said John Kilduff, an analyst at Again Capital. “It could also lead to a more forceful response from the United States, which could further destabilize the region.”
The Biden administration has said that it is committed to working with its partners to counter Iranian aggression. However, the administration has also said that it is looking for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Yemen.
The drone attack on Monday is a setback for those efforts. It is also a reminder of the complex and dangerous environment in which U.S. troops operate in the Middle East.
What are the oil prices (Brent and WTI) today?
As of today, Monday, January 29, 2024, at 12:25 WET, the current prices for Brent crude and WTI crude oil are as follows:
These prices are up from the previous day’s closing prices of $77.36 per barrel for Brent crude and $77.15 per barrel for WTI crude. The increase in prices is due to the escalating tensions in the Middle East following a drone attack on U.S. forces in Jordan and the Houthi rebels’ intensified attacks on vessels in the Red Sea.
It is important to note that oil prices are constantly fluctuating, so these prices may change at any time.