Iran’s Alborz warship enters the Red Sea amid soaring tensions in the region. Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis have been targeting vessels in the Red Sea to show support for Hamas in its war with Israel. Major shipping companies have switched to the longer and more costly route around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope rather than passing through the Suez Canal. The Alborz warship entered the Red Sea via the Bab al-Mandab Strait, as reported by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. The warship’s mission is not yet clear, but it is part of Iran’s efforts to secure shipping routes and combat piracy in the region. The US Fifth Fleet has not commented on the unconfirmed reports of the Iranian vessel’s movements. Houthi rebels recently attacked a Maersk container vessel, prompting the company to halt all sailing through the Red Sea for 48 hours. Iran’s Defense Minister claims their presence in the region gives them dominance.