A Houthi army spokesperson stated all ships crusing to Israeli ports are banned from the Purple Sea and the Arabian Sea.
“If Gaza doesn’t obtain the meals and medication it wants, all ships within the Purple Sea sure for Israeli ports, no matter their nationality, will turn out to be a goal for our armed forces,” the spokesperson stated in a press release.
The menace has an instantaneous impact, the assertion added.
The Houthis are certainly one of a number of teams within the Iran-aligned “Axis of Resistance” which have been hitting Israeli and US targets since Oct 7 when Hamas militants attacked Israel.
In one of many newest incidents, three business vessels got here underneath assault in worldwide waters final week, prompting a US Navy destroyer to intervene.
The Houthis, which rule a lot of Yemen and its Purple Coastline, additionally seized a British-owned cargo ship final month that had hyperlinks with an Israeli firm.
The US and Britain have condemned the assaults on delivery, blaming Iran for its function in supporting the Houthis. Tehran says its allies make their selections independently.
Saudi Arabia has requested the USA to point out restraint in responding to the assaults.