The rebel Shia Houthis in Yemen announced this Wednesday that they launched “many missiles” defensively against an American destroyer in the southern Red Sea as part of their “legitimate right of self-defense” against the bombing of the United States and the United Kingdom.
The Houthi military spokesman, Yehya Sarea, expressed his official account of his military ship, USS Gravely, shot down by a missile launched by Houthi “towards the Red Sea.”.
He emphasized that his new attack would happen “in defense of the oppressed Palestinian people” and “in the framework of the response to the American-British aggression against our country.”
“Las Yemen Armed Forces (as the Houthis define themselves) reaffirm that all American and British warships in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea that participated in the aggression against our country are within the scope of our forces and attacked within the right of legitimate defense of our country, our people, and our country,” he added.
This is the first time that the Houthi rebels, supported by Iran, have spoken in a statement of “self-defense” against the recent bombings by the US and the United Kingdom of their missile and drone launch bases to ensure navigation in the Red Sea.
In recent weeks, the Houthis have launched several attacks against merchant ships they say are Israeli or linked to Israel in “support of the oppressed Palestinian people of Gaza,” leading several shipping companies to stop using the vital sea route.
The spokesman for the Yemeni insurgents, who since 2014 have controlled large regions in the north, center, and west of the impoverished Arab country, insisted that its forces “will continue to prevent Israeli shipping or shipments to the ports of occupied Palestine until the aggression against Gaza ceases and the siege” imposed by Israel on the Strip is lifted.