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Houthis claim joint attack on Israel with Iraqi militia

Yemen’s Houthi rebel group claimed to have carried out a joint military operation on the Israeli port city of Haifa with the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia.

Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said in a televised statement today that the group fired drones at two cement tankers and two cargo ships at the port of Haifa. The reason for the attack was stated as noncompliance with a ban on entering “ports of occupied Palestine”.

Saree added that the Houthis had also targeted a Shorthorn Express ship in the Mediterranean Sea using drones, and both operations “successfully achieved their goals”.

Israel’s Channel 12 reported an explosion in Haifa at dawn after an air defence missile was launched towards the sea without activating the sirens. Israel’s military did not comment on the attack but stated in a post on X that it had shot down a drone approaching the country overnight from the east.

Vessels in and around the Red Sea have come under increased repeated attacks in recent weeks by the Houthis who continue to claim that they act in support of Palestinians. Recent collaboration with other regional militias is rather a new trend.

Earlier in June, Houthi leadership claimed that operation with the resistance in Iraq will intensify against all ships docking at Israeli ports in solidarity with Palestine.

 

Source: WCYS with agencies.
Photo: Israeli city of Haifa.

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