Yemen’s Houthis Target Southern Israel and Shipping in Indian Ocean

Houthis Claim They Conducted ‘Operations’ in Indian Ocean
The leader of Yemen's Houthis claimed responsibility for recent operations in the Indian Ocean and towards southern Israel. With 14 attacks in two weeks across various maritime regions, the group aims to stop ships bound for Israel and calls for an end to Israeli aggression in Gaza.
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The leader of Yemen’s Houthis, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, announced that the group has conducted operations in the Indian Ocean and towards southern Israel. This comes in response to threats to expand their operations in the region and attacks on southern Israel. The Houthis have targeted the southern Israeli port of Eilat as a direct confrontation with Israel.

In a televised address, al-Houthi stated that the group had carried out 14 operations in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Bab al-Mandeb Strait, and the Indian Ocean in two weeks. The attacks on shipping, which started in November, are in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza under Israeli fire. Al-Houthi emphasized that there is no danger to maritime traffic of European ships not sailing to Israel.

The Houthis have targeted 98 ships to prevent them from reaching Israel through the Red Sea. Al-Houthi stated that the attacks will continue until Israel stops its military offensive against Hamas in Gaza, which began after Hamas attacked southern Israel in October. The solution, according to al-Houthi, is for Israel to end its aggression, lift the siege on Gaza, and provide the region with food and medicine.

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