Iran-Backed Houthis Brag of Hamas, Islamic Jihad Support
The Iran-backed Houthis are seeking legitimacy for their increased attacks on ships in the Red Sea. On Tuesday, December 5, their media arm published several articles trying to highlight their actions. For instance, they claim that ships ignored their warnings, essentially blaming the victims of their attacks.
Houthis attacked three ships over the weekend, have attacked several other ships, and have also threatened the US Navy and hijacked one commercial vessel.
Also, on Tuesday, the Houthis said it has received support from Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The Yemen-based terrorist group claims that its role in the Red Sea is a “strategic victory” and that this is part of Iran’s “axis of resistance.” The Houthis used a statement ascribed to the PIJ to emphasize this point.
The article further argues that the group’s operations are “hitting the nerve of the Israeli enemy’s economy,” and that this combines with other fronts against the Jewish state.
Iran’s policy in recent years has been to unify these fronts, and bringing the Houthis into the battle has been a major accomplishment for Tehran. It has also pushed Hezbollah to attack Israel in the wake of the October 7 Hamas attack. In addition, Iranian proxies in Iraq and Syria have carried out 76 attacks on US forces and there have been increased threats to Israel from Syria in recent weeks.
The Houthis media also highlights how the Hamas movement now has a representative in Yemen. The article mentions that the Houthis “operations prove its seriousness in breaking the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, stressing that the continuation of operations in the Red Sea accelerates the pace of ending the Israeli-American aggression against Gaza.” (JPost / VFI News)
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