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Freedom for all ships to pass through Red Sea – except those linked to Israel, say Houthis

Responding to the latest US strikes on the Houthis in Yemen, the rebel group’s spokesperson Mohamed Abdulsalam said that “continued US-British aggression” would not “prevent [the Houthis] from continuing to support the Palestinian people.”

“We affirm the freedom of maritime navigation for all ships of the world, except for the ships of the Zionist enemy [Israel] heading to the ports of occupied Palestine,” Abdulsalam added.

Meanwhile, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) has reported a third Houthi attack on a commercial shipping vessel in three days.

CENTOM did not specify the location of the attack but said the Yemen-based group fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles at the US-owned, Greek-operated tanker ship, the Chem Ranger.

“The crew observed the missiles impact the water near the ship. There were no reported injuries or damage to the ship. The ship has continued underway,” CENTCOM wrote on X.

The Houthis have pledged to continue their attacks on vessels in the Red Sea – which the Iran-backed group say are in retaliation for Israel’s war on Gaza – despite ongoing US and UK strikes on military targets in Yemen.

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