Houthis Disrupt Key Underwater Cables Connecting Europe to Asia, Says Report

Four underwater communications cables between Saudi Arabia and Djibouti have been damaged in recent months, likely due to attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels backed by Iran, as per a report by Israeli news site Globes.

The targeting of these four cables, believed to be part of the AAE-1, Seacom, EIG, and TGN systems, has severely disrupted communications between Europe and Asia.

The Gulf states and India are expected to bear the brunt of the immediate impact, according to Globes.

The AAE-1 cable connects East Asia to Europe through Egypt, linking China to the West via countries like Pakistan and Qatar.

The Europe India Gateway (EIG) cable system links southern Europe to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, the UAE, and India.

The Seacom cable connects Europe, Africa, and India, with connections to South Africa.

Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi addresses followers via a video link at the al-Shaab Mosque, formerly al-Saleh Mosque, in Sanaa, Yemen February 6, 2024. (credit: REUTERS/KHALED ABDULLAH)

Houthi attacks persist despite Western responses

Despite responses from the United States, United Kingdom, and their allies against the Houthi attacks, including offensive actions, the assaults on merchant ships using missiles, helicopters, and underwater drones have continued.