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Houthis: Our Position Has Not Changed and Attacks on Ships Will Continue

On Monday 15 of January Houthi rebels in Yemen announced attacks in the Red Sea will continue despite Western strikes the strikes will continue.

In detail, Mohammed Abdulsalam, the top Houthi negotiator in Yemen, confirmed that the group's position has not changed after the strikes led by the United States. 

He indicated that the strikes will continue against ships bound for Israel.

He also said in an interview with Reuters on Monday, "Our position on the events of Palestine and the aggression on Gaza has not changed and will not change, neither after the strike nor after the threats."

He added, "Our request is to end the aggression in Gaza and to allow the entry of humanitarian aid, including food and medicine, to the Gaza Strip in the north and south," referring to the continuation of attacks.

He continued that the group has communicated with the international community, explaining that the talks are ongoing to clarify the position.

He stressed that the ships sailing in the Red and Arabian Seas are safe for all ships in the world except for Israeli ships or ships bound for Israel.

He confirmed that the group does not want to escalate, accusing the United States and Britain of militarising the Red Sea and filling it with warships, frigates and military units.

British Defense Minister: Houthis suffered a major blow from the air force, it is worth noting that since November 19, 2023, more than a month after the outbreak of the Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza on October 7, the Houthis have launched more than 27 attacks on commercial ships sailing in the Red Sea, under the pretext of heading to Israel, which is besieging the Palestinian sector.

The U.S. military's Central Command (CENTCOM) revealed on Monday morning that it had shot down a cruise missile launched from an area controlled by the Houthis in Yemen towards an American destroyer in the southern Red Sea.

CENTCOM said in a statement that "an anti-ship cruise missile was launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen towards the USS Laboon, which was operating in the southern Red Sea."

He pointed out that an American fighter jet shot down the missile near the coast of Hodeidah, and no reports of injuries or material damage

The Houthi rebels in Yemen have been launching attacks on ships in the Red Sea since November 2023, in retaliation for the Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza. The United States and its allies have responded by launching airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.

The latest attack by the Houthis comes despite the Western airstrikes and the formation of a multinational maritime coalition to protect shipping in the Red Sea.

They also pledged to continue those attacks until Israel stops its violent raids on Gaza, and warned that they would attack U.S. warships if they were targeted.

In the meantime, the United States announced on December 18, 2022, the establishment of a multinational maritime military coalition, under the name "Prosperity Sentinel," to counter any attacks targeting the safety of international maritime navigation.

U.S. and British forces launched dozens of joint airstrikes on several Houthi military sites in the capital Sanaa and the provinces of Hodeidah, Taiz, Hajjah and Saada on Friday morning January 12.

On Saturday morning January 13, the United States also targeted a military base in Sanaa under Houthi control since 2014. The U.S. military said it struck a "Houthi radar site."


Edited by Chloe Mansola.

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