The rebels in Houthi, Yemen, issued a threat on Saturday to attack any ship bound for Israeli ports unless food and medicine are allowed into the Gaza Strip, according to a report from AFP.
Through a statement released on social networks, the Houthis announced their intention to “block the passage of ships destined for the Zionist entity” if humanitarian aid is not allowed to enter Gaza, which is under the control of Hamas.
The statement warns that any ship on its way, regardless of its flag or the nationality of its owners or operators, will be considered a legitimate target for the armed forces of Houthis. In addition, it urged all ships and companies not to transact in Israeli ports.
The statement also highlighted that the ships involved in Israel or who brought the goods to the ports of Israel will not be accepted by the Red Sea as an important channel for global trade linked to the Suez Canal.
It is important to emphasize that the Houthis, with support from Iran, have intensified their attacks since the beginning of the war between Israel and Hamas on October 7. In the past few weeks, the Houthis took hostage a ship in the Red Sea, which was initially identified as an “Israeli cargo ship,” but was later clarified to be British-owned and operated by a Japanese company, which had no Israeli citizen on board.
Incidents were also reported on another ship, the Liberian-flagged Central Park, which was intercepted by unknown attackers before being released with the help of the US Navy.
Loss Houthis has conducted missile attacks against Israel on several occasions since the beginning of the war with Hamas.
On the other hand, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the United States requested that Israel, which does not respond to the attacks of the rebels, be warned about the risk that Israeli retaliation could trigger a wider conflict in the region.
According to the report, I should have asked Israel, which allows the US military to deal with Houthis instead.