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Houthis Announce Escalation of Red Sea Strikes, Introduce ‘Submarine Weapons’

In a recent televised speech, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, the leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement, declared an intensification of attacks on ships in the Red Sea and other strategic waters.

Al-Houthi revealed the introduction of what he referred to as “submarine weapons” during continued acts of solidarity with Palestinians amid the Gaza conflict.

Since November, Houthi militants have carried out repeated drone and missile strikes in vital maritime areas, including the Red Sea, Bab al-Mandab Strait, and the Gulf of Aden. The group’s actions are in support of Palestinians, particularly as the Israel-Hamas conflict persists, resulting in a significant death toll in Gaza.

During the speech, al-Houthi emphasized the effectiveness and escalation of operations in the Red and Arabian Seas, Bab al-Mandab Strait, and the Gulf of Aden. However, specific details regarding the newly introduced “submarine weapons” were not provided.

These ongoing strikes have disrupted a crucial route accounting for approximately 12% of global maritime traffic. Shipping companies and insurers have been grappling with the consequences, compelled to opt for longer and more expensive routes around Africa.

On the same day as al-Houthi’s announcement, the Houthi movement formally notified shippers and insurers of a ban on vessels associated with Israel, the United States, and Britain from sailing in the surrounding seas. This move is part of the group’s broader military campaign and marks the first formal communication to the shipping industry outlining such restrictions.

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