Yemen’s Houthi militants have classified the US and Britain as “hostile countries” over their support for Israel, which is fighting a war in Gaza against Hamas. The classification came amid the latest Houthi attack on a cargo vessel in the Gulf of Aden as part of their campaign in solidarity with Palestinians.
Citing a report in the Qatari newspaper Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, The Jerusalem Post said the classification of the two nations was because of their “support of a Zionist entity” and participating in “the genocide being carried out by Israel”.
In solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza war, the Houthis have repeatedly attacked commercial shipping in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait using drones and missiles since Novermber 2023.
The US and Britain have launched counterstrikes on Houthi facilities, but have failed to stop the Houthi attacks.
On Monday, the Iran-backed militants announced they had attacked the Belize-flagged, British-registered and Lebanese-managed Rubymar cargo vessel in the Gulf of Aden.
According to Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea, the attack took place on Sunday and the vessel’s crew was safe.
But the ship was badly damaged and at risk of sinking, he added.
The attack on the ship came as the US military acknowledged conducting new airstrikes targeting the militants.