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Houthis Say They Will Target Ships Heading for Israel Anywhere within Range

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May 3, 2024

The tanker Marlin Luanda was struck by an anti-ship missile fired by Houthi forces on January 26, 2024. (Photo: Indian Navy)

The tanker Marlin Luanda was struck by an anti-ship missile fired by Houthi forces on January 26, 2024. (Photo: Indian Navy)

Yemen's Houthis will target ships heading to Israeli ports in any area that is within their range, military spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a televised speech on Friday.

"We will target any ships heading to Israeli ports in the Mediterranean Sea in any area we are able to reach," he said.

The Iran-aligned Houthi militants have launched repeated drone and missile strikes on ships in the crucial shipping channels of the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandab strait and the Gulf of Aden since November to show their support for the Palestinians in the Gaza war.

This has forced shippers to re-route cargo to longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa and has stoked fears that the Israel-Hamas war could spread and destabilize the Middle East.


(Reuters - Reporting by Jana Choukeir, Editing by Michael Georgy and Kevin Liffey)