Yemen’s Houthi leader on Tuesday announced plans for further attacks on Israel, including the possibility of targeting Israeli ships in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait.
The Houthi group, aligned with Iran, has recently carried out missile and drone attacks on Israel, raising concerns about the expansion of conflict in the Middle East, Reuters reported.
With significant military capabilities, the Houthis control northern Yemen and the Red Sea coast. They have become a major military force in the region since the conflict began in 2015.
Abdulmalik al-Houthi, the Houthi leader, stated their intent to monitor and search for Israeli ships in the Red Sea, particularly in the Bab al-Mandab area and near Yemeni regional waters.
The situation has put Washington on high alert due to concerns about activities by Iran-backed groups, especially after recent clashes involving Hamas in Israel, which resulted in casualties.
Meanwhile, the Yemen conflict remains in a stalemate, with a cessation of major hostilities, but both parties have failed to renew a United Nations-brokered truce that expired in October.
Since then, Israel has escalated its assault on Gaza, where its forces have killed more than 11,000 Palestinians, according to Palestinian officials.