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Al-Houthi: Yemen’s Ansarullah to ‘keep hitting’ ships headed to occupied territories

Yemen’s Ansarullah leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi addresses the Yemeni nation, January 18, 2024.

Leader of Yemen’s resistance movement Ansarullah Abdul-Malik al-Houthi says attacks on ships bound for Israeli ports will continue despite recent airstrikes on the Yemeni territory by US and UK warplanes.

Abdel Malek al-Houthi said in an hour-long televised speech on Thursday that the attacks would “also include American and British ships.”

He said Yemen will continue to strengthen its military. The recent airstrikes by the United States and Britain, he said, are not going to “scare us.”

“The issue that America and Britain have joined the war directly and that we are now in direct confrontation with the Americans, British and Israelis does not scare us at all,” he said. 

“The aggression towards our country and our people will enhance the development of our military capabilities.”

Houthi also made it clear that the US-UK strikes will not influence Yemen’s position in supporting the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“First, this aggression will not change anything in the stance of our people and its spiritual obligation in supporting the Palestinian people and the residents of Gaza as well as the continuous targeting of ships linked to Israel, and this is clear in our continuous operations and the last one was last night against the ships, but it will also include the American and British ships.”

Elsewhere, the Yemeni leader said the US-led aggression against Yemen has been meant to divert the world's attention from Israel’s genocidal campaign in Gaza.

“The Americans need to be sure that by continuing the aggression they meant to protect the Zionist crimes against the Palestinian people.”

Since the start of the Israeli hostilities in early October, the United States and its Western allies have been providing financial and logistical support to Israel in its ferocious military campaign which many observers have described genocidal.

As part of support for the Palestinians, Yemen's Armed Forces and Ansarullah have targeted several Israeli ships and those bound for Israeli ports in the strategic Red Sea after multiple warnings.

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