Houthis Pledge to Continue Targeting Israeli Vessels Despite US and UK Operations in Yemen

Muhammad Abdel Salam, a senior spokesman for Yemen’s Houthis, vowed to continue attacking Israeli ships and ships “on their way to Israel,” with unwavering support from Iran. The statement was in response to strikes by the US and Britain on Yemen, which were deemed “barbaric” by the Houthi spokesman. Iran, a strong supporter of the Houthis, condemned the attacks as a violation of Yemen’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as international law. Hezbollah also blamed Israel for the attacks, while Iraq’s prime minister warned of escalating tensions in the Middle East. British Armed Forces minister James Heappey defended the strikes as self-defense. Overall, the strikes on Yemen have drawn widespread condemnation from Yemeni and Iranian allies.