Houthis say strikes ‘would not deter’ group’s support for Gaza



The Houthis have said they would continue attacking ships in the Red Sea headed for or associated with Israel.

Here’s more from the group’s spokesman, Mohammed Abdulsalam: “We affirm that there is absolutely no justification for this aggression against Yemen, as there was no threat to international navigation in the Red and Arabian Seas.”

“The targeting was and will continue to affect Israeli ships or those heading to the ports of occupied Palestine,” he wrote in a post on X

Abdulsalam added the US and UK were “wrong” to think that the strikes “would deter Yemen from supporting Palestine and Gaza”.

  • US and UK forces have carried out over 60 air strikes against Houthi rebel targets in Yemen.
  • US President Biden says the strikes are in response to attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis on ships in the Red Sea since November.

He has added that the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and Bahrain provided support as part of the mission.

Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign ministry has also condemned the strikes on Yemen as a “clear violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and a violation of international laws.

The attacks “will have no result other than fuelling insecurity and instability in the region”, the ministry’s spokesman Nasser Kanani said in a post on the ministry’s Telegram group.

The Iran-backed Lebanese armed group Hezbollah also condemned the strikes on Yemen.

(Excerpts : BBC)


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