According to sources, Houthi military spokesperson said that any ship sailing through the Red and the Arabian Sea, calling Israel would be targeted by Yemen’s military movement. International shipping companies and underwriters are warned against the risk of dealing with Israeli ports.
Previous attacks and seizures of several Israeli-linked ships in the Red Sea and its Bab Al-Mandab Strait, one of the most transited sea trade lanes for oil. The escalation of these attacks to the shipment of goods needed for the people in Israel, comes as retaliation from he Iran-aligned group.
According to a statement given by the militaries’ spokesperson “if Gaza does not receive the food and medicine it needs, all ships in the Red Sea bound for Israeli ports, regardless of their nationality, will become a target for our armed forces” reports Reuters.
Among the latest incidents, three commercial ships came under attack in international waters. subsequently, the U.S. Navy destroyer intervened. Furthermore, a British-owned cargo ship linked to an Israeli company was seized last month the Red Sea Coast by the Houthis.
The United States and Britain condemned the attacks on shipping, pinpointing Iran for its support towards the Houthi Military Group. To which, Iran replied that its allies make their decisions independently, according to Reuters.
Lastly, Saudi Arabia has requested the United States to show restraint in responding to the attacks, to avoid escalation and seeking to contain spillover from the Hamas-Israel war.