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Yemen’s Houthi rebels threaten to attack Israel-bound ships in Red Sea

Houthis have attacked two ships off the Yemeni coast, including a Bahamas-flagged vessel, claiming they were Israeli-owned.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have threatened to attack any vessels heading to Israeli ports unless food and medicine were allowed into the besieged Gaza Strip.

In a statement posted on social media on Saturday, the Houthis said that they “will prevent the passage of ships heading to the Zionist entity if humanitarian aid is not allowed into Hamas-ruled Gaza.”

“Regardless of which flagships sail under or the nationality of their owners or operators, Israel-bound vessels will become a legitimate target for our armed forces”, the statement added.

The latest warning from Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels comes amid heightened tensions in the Red Sea and surrounding waters following a series of maritime attacks by Houthi rebels since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7.

It was reported last week that the Houthis attacked two ships off the Yemeni coast, including a Bahamas-flagged vessel, claiming they were Israeli-owned.

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