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The Houthis threaten to attack ships in the Mediterranean

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A Houthi supporter waves a Palestinian flag during a demonstration against the US-led attacks on Yemen and in support of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip – in Sanaa last week. Photo: Osamah Abdulrahman / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 05/03/2024 19:14:43

War and conflicts: The Houthis announced on Friday an escalation of a months-long campaign in which they have attacked ships with alleged Israeli links in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The Yemeni rebel movement justifies its ship attacks with Israel’s warfare in the Gaza Strip and says it acts in solidarity with the Palestinians. The expansion to the Mediterranean will take place immediately, says a statement on Friday.

– We will attack all ships on their way to Israeli ports in the Mediterranean in any area within our reach, the Houthi militia states.

Neither this nor an international maritime coalition has been able to put a stop to the attacks.

Israel’s Mediterranean ports are around 2,000 kilometers from northern Yemen, and it is therefore unclear how big the threat from the Houthis will be in this area.

From 2015 to 2022, impoverished Yemen was affected by a brutal war between the Houthis and the country’s internationally recognized authorities, which were supported by Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region.

Several hundred thousand people lost their lives as a result of the hostilities and the humanitarian crisis that followed in the wake of the conflict. The level of conflict has been greatly reduced since a ceasefire in 2022.

The movement, which controls large parts of Yemen, including the country’s Red Sea coast, has carried out a series of drone and rocket attacks against shipping since November. The US and UK have responded with a series of retaliatory strikes against Houthi targets.

The Houthis have ballistic missiles with a range of between 1,600 and 1,900 kilometers in their arsenal, as well as Iranian Shahed-136 drones that can travel up to 2,000 kilometers, according to experts.

(© NTB)

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