Houthi rebels have applauded the decision of the Government of Spain not to join the multinational coalition led by the United States to guarantee security in the Red Sea, following the group’s latest attacks against ships in the area in response to the military offensive launched by Israel against the Gaza Strip after the attacks carried out on October 7 by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
“We greatly value Spain’s refusal to be carried away by American and British lies regarding maritime navigation,” he said. Hussein al-Ezideputy foreign minister of the authorities established by the Houthis after taking control of the capital of YemenSana’a.
“Sana’a respects all those who respect the facts and hopes that these rational positions will continue and expand,” has expressed in a message on his account on the social network
Along these lines, the president of the Revolutionary Committee of the rebels – the interim government established by the Houthis -, Mohamed Ali al Huti, He has argued that “the departure of some countries that the United States had previously included in the international coalition confirms the failure of the alliance” and added that “the countries that declined to participate put their national interests before the coalition.”
Al Huti has pointed out that “it is a message to those who want to continue with the position of preserving their interests instead of sacrificing them for the benefit of the occupying entity”, in reference to Israel, and has argued that the coalition announced by Washington “to protect to Israeli ships” does not address “safety of navigation, but threatens it by militarizing the Red Sea.”
“Any danger that threatens the Suez Canal derives from this step by the United States,” The senior position of the Houthis has highlighted through his account on X. “The United States and the countries that participate (in the coalition) have responsibility for the consequences,” he has highlighted.
In this way, he has reiterated that any “stupid operation against the Yemeni people” will cause “the ships, ships and interests” of the member countries of the coalition “be targeted by Yemeni missiles, aircraft and operations.” “The best way to avoid an escalation and protect navigation is to stop the Israeli aggression against Gaza and lift the blockade by delivering food, medicine and other goods,” he added.
The messages from senior Houthi officials have come after the Spanish Ministry of Defense stressed on Saturday that it will not participate in the ‘Guardian of Prosperity’ operation and proposed the creation of a “new and specific” European mission to achieve “maximum effectiveness” in this objective.
The portfolio headed by Margarita Robles also noted that there is no veto from Spain to a EU mission in the Red Sea, all this after Spain blocked the EU’s decision to modify the mandate of the naval operation ‘Atalanta’ to contribute to the mission launched by the United States.
Attacks in the Red Sea
The Iran-backed Houthis, who have controlled Yemen’s capital Sanaa and other areas in the north and west of the country since 2014, They have assured that they will continue their attacks against ships flying the Israeli flag, owned by Israeli companies or going to Israeli ports, despite the creation of this new multinational mission.
However, the Houthi spokesman, Mohamed Abdusalam, reiterated on Tuesday that the group will protect “the security of the maritime routes in the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf” and guaranteed that “there will be no threats to the ships of any country, with the exception of those linked to the enemy entity — in reference to Israel– or heading to its ports.
‘Guardian of Prosperity’ will be under the command of the Combined Maritime Forces, a multinational alliance dedicated to defending international maritime routes, and specifically Task Force 153, established in April 2022 and operating in the Red Sea, the Strait of Bab el Mandeb and the Gulf of Aden.
The Houthis have launched several attacks against Israel in the wake of the Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip following the attacks carried out by Hamas on October 7. As part of their actions in the Red Sea, they have hijacked a ship – the ‘Galaxy Leader‘– and have carried out drone and missile attacks against others, causing damage to at least two of them.
The situation has led various companies – including four of the five largest maritime transport companies in the world – to suspend their operations through this sea route, key to international trade, or to divert their ships through much more complicated routes. long ones that involve circling the African continent through the Cape of Good Hope.