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Houthi: Yemen to target any Israel-bound ships within range of its weapons

This file photo shows Yemeni forces parading their military assets along a poster of Ansarullah leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi in capital Sana'a.

Ansarullah leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi has declared that Yemeni forces will target any ship bound for Israeli ports, regardless of whether they pass through the Red Sea.

“We will target any ship heading to Israel that comes within range of our weapons,” al-Houthi said in televised address on Thursday.

Ansarullah and other Yemeni forces, who have targeted Israeli-linked ships in the Red Sea in support of Palestinians, have intensified their operations in recent years. They have pledged to continue their strikes unless Israel stops its invasion of the besieged Gaza Strip. 

So far this week, Ansarullah has carried out seven operations with 13 ballistic missiles in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, Houthi said Thursday.

"There is no red line for us. We are gradually hitting sensitive strategic targets that affect the enemy and we will reach them by God's grace," he said.

Houthi said the United States is "complicit with the Zionist regime in the genocide against the Palestinian people, the siege of the Gaza Strip, and the closure of the Rafah crossing.

He said it was the Americans who proposed to Israeli regime to attack the Rafah crossing and occupy it.

The Rafah crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza has been a vital route for aid to the coastal territory, where a humanitarian crisis has deepened and some people are at risk of famine. 

Earlier this month, Israeli forces occupied the crossing with Egypt in preparing for a ground invasion of Rafah where hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians have been taking refugee. 

The occupation came after Hamas announced it had accepted a ceasefire proposal following weeks of talks with Qatar and Egypt.  

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