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Abdel Malik al-Houthi threatened yesterday Thursday that there will be retaliation for any US attack against his forces, speaking of operations of an “even larger” scale.

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Yemen's Shiite rebel leader, Abdel Malik al-Houthi, threatened on Thursday that there would be retaliation for any US attack on his forces, speaking of operations on a scale “even larger” than the one the movement claimed responsibility for. of last Wednesday.

Israel's main ally, the US, responded by announcing in December the creation of a naval coalition tasked with protecting international shipping from Houthi attacks in this strategically important maritime area, through which about 12% of world trade passes.

“Those who want to engage (…) and target the (Houthi) naval forces will truly endanger their fleet and merchant ships”

“Any American attack will not go unpunished. And the retribution will not be of the order of the recent operation, with 24 drones and missiles, but much greater,” warned Abdel Malik al-Houthi during a speech broadcast by Al-Masira TV station.

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American and British forces in the region on Tuesday destroyed 18 drones and three missiles fired by the Houthis. This attack was described as unprecedented. The rebels, believed to be close to Iran, claimed responsibility for the operation, saying it was in retaliation for a US attack on December 31.

That day, responding to a request for assistance from a merchant ship, US helicopters sank three rebel vessels, killing ten of their crews. “The Europeans, the Chinese and the whole world” can cross the Red Sea “without any problems,” said Abdel Malik al-Houthi.

But “those who want to get involved (…) and target the Houthi naval forces will really put their fleet and merchant ships at risk,” he added, accusing the US of seeking to “lead others astray.” He added that he hopes that “the rest of the Arab and Muslim countries will never get involved on the side of the Americans, the Israelis and the British”.

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Last Wednesday the UN Security Council adopted a resolution, the text of which was drawn up by the US and Japan, demanding an “immediate” end to the attacks by the Houthis against merchant ships in the Red Sea.

Late yesterday British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak convened an emergency cabinet to discuss a possible joint US and British operation against the Houthis and informed the head of opposition officer, according to reports in the British press.

Source: 24h.com.cy

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