Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen today threatened to attack any ship bound for Israel, regardless of nationality, amid an increase in attacks and hijackings of commercial vessels in the Red Sea in rebels. The military spokesman for the Houthis, Yahya Sarea, indicated in a statement that the rebels “will prevent the passage of ships of any nationality going to the Zionist entity” and “will be a legitimate target,” unless they bring food and medicines to the Gaza Strip.
“For the safety of maritime navigation, we warn all ships and companies not to deal with Israeli ports,” the spokesman warned. In the same way, he confirmed the “full commitment” of the Shiite movement “to continue the global commercial movement through the Red and Arabian Sea for all ships and all countries, except ships involved in Israel or transporting goods to Israeli ports.” .
As usual, Sarea showed the imposition of this measure “as a result of the continued commitment of the Zionist enemy to carry out terrible massacres, genocidal wars and the siege against our brothers in Gaza.”
After the outbreak of war in the Gaza Strip, the Houthis launched several volleys of missiles and drones against southern Israel and also against ships flying the flag of the Jewish State or owned by companies of Israel at the Red Sea.
Likewise, on November 19, they also confiscated the ship Galaxy Leader, which was traveling in the Red Sea, and transferred it to the Yemeni port of Al Salif, where it remains today with 25 crew members of different nationalities.
The ship has the flag of the Bahamas, is registered in the name of a British company that leased it to a Japanese company and, according to the Israeli press, partially belongs to the Israeli magnate Rami Abraham Unger, who is involved in the business of marine merchants.