If Gaza does not receive food and medicine, all ships in the Red Sea bound for Israeli ports will become targets for our armed forces, a spokesman for Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebel movement warned on Saturday. Rebels attack Israel with rockets and drones in response to its actions in the Gaza Strip.
– If Gaza does not receive the food and medicines it needs, all ships in the Red Sea bound for Israeli ports, regardless of the flag they fly, will become targets for our armed forces
Our ban on entering the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea covers all ships bound for Israeli ports, Yemen’s rebel spokesman Yahya Sari said on Saturday. Adding that the decision has immediate effect.
Yemen. Houthi movement shells Israel
Supported by Iran Houthi rebels They are firing on Israel and Israeli ships in the Red Sea with long-range missiles and drones. This is their response to the actions of Israeli troops against the Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Houthis attacked and captured several Israel-linked ships in the Red Sea and in the Bab al-Mandab Strait – the sea route through which much of the world’s oil is transported.
In mid-November, Yemeni rebels hijacked the merchant ship Galaxy Leader, which was carrying cargo from Turkey to India. They already announced then that they would carry out attacks both on ships flying the Israeli flag and those belonging to or operated by Israeli companies.
Israeli authorities said the attacks on the ships were an “Iranian act of terrorism” with consequences for international maritime security.
On Thursday, the Treasury Department USA imposed sanctions on a group of individuals and entities for providing significant financial resources to the Houthi rebels.
Manifestation of solidarity with Palestinians in Yemen
Many locals Yemen supports the Palestinians in the conflict with Israel. On Friday, a demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinians took place in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, in which – as reported by Reuters – several thousand people took part.
Participants in the rally carried large Palestinian flags and held up firearms, shouting slogans expressing support for the Palestinians. Yemenis also demonstrated support for armed actions against Israel in a similar way on Saturday.
Zaid al-Gharsi, a representative of the Houthi movement, condemned the war in Gaza, which he said was taking place “in an atmosphere of international silence, UN complicity and collusion of Western regimes led by America.”
Main photo source: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB