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Houthi leader vows to escalate attacks against Israel, US and British in Red Sea

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the leader of the Houthis, said that the operations of this group in the Red Sea and other areas are intensifying.

According to him, the operations of this militant group in the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, and the Gulf of Aden against American, British, and Israeli ships “continue and are effective.”

Reuters reported on Thursday that Yemen’s Houthis have issued an official statement banning shipping for shipping insurance companies and companies active in the region.

In recent months, Yemen’s Houthis have targeted dozens of ships to support Palestinians in the Gaza war.

Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Houthi semi-military forces, announced on Thursday that the group’s forces had attacked “targets in Israeli territories, a British ship, and an American ship” in three military operations.

Saree said: “In an operation in the Gulf of Aden, we attacked a British ship named Islander with several naval missiles, during which the ship caught fire.”

He also said that the Houthis targeted an American ship in the Red Sea with several drones.

CENTCOM, the U.S. Central Command, on Thursday confirmed in a report on military activities over Yemen’s waters, the Houthi semi-military missile attack on a British-flagged cargo ship.

The U.S. military also announced that American fighters and coalition ships early Thursday shot down six Houthi-backed Iranian-supported semi-military drones over the Red Sea waters.

Houthi attacks have severely disrupted international trade, affecting a route responsible for 15% of global shipping traffic. Many shipping companies have been forced to reroute their vessels to the southern African route, adding significant distance to their journeys.

In response, the US and British forces have started airstrikes against Houthi targets, with the U.S. reclassifying the group as “terrorists.” Additionally, the European Union has launched a maritime mission aimed at safeguarding ships in the Red Sea from Houthi threats.

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