Yemen’s Houthis say 17 rebels have been killed in US-led strikes | Houthis news
Mourners are gathering at public funerals in Sanaa saying they remain resolute in their stand on Israel’s war against Gaza.
Seventeen Houthi fighters were killed in the United States and British attacks, the Yemeni rebel group has said through its official media, after public funerals in the capital Sanaa.
“The bodies of several martyrs of the country and the armed and security forces who were killed as a result of the bombing of the American-British attack were carried through Sanaa today in a solemn funeral procession,” Houthi official media said on Saturday, citing their names.
The US and the United Kingdom have been hitting Houthi targets in Yemen since mid-January, in an attempt to get them to stop their attacks on ships in the Red Sea.
The Iran-backed rebels, who control much of war-torn Yemen including the port of Hodeidah, have been targeting what they say are ships linked to Israel in response to the war. on Gaza.
The USA said Thursday that its military had made several raids against missile launchers as Houthi fighters prepared to launch them against commercial shipping and US warships in the Red Sea.
Large numbers of supporters gathered on Saturday at the Al-Shaab mosque in Sanaa, formerly the Al-Saleh mosque, on Saturday for the funerals of the Houthis who were killed in the attacks.
One of the mourners, Abu Moataz Ghalib, told the AFP news agency that he and others who were present were still determined to stand against the war in Gaza.
“We are giving our message through these martyrs that it is absolutely impossible for us to abandon our position, which is based on principles and faith, and which made us act,” he said.
Definition of ‘terrorism’
On Wednesday, the Houthis’ news agency reported that the US and the UK had hit targets in the Hodeidah region.
On Tuesday, the Houthis said they had targeted US and British ships in two attacks in the Red Sea, causing minor damage but no casualties.
The Red Sea attacks have driven up insurance premiums for shipping companies, forcing many to avoid the vital route that normally carries around 12 percent of the world’s maritime trade.
On Friday, Steve Fagin, the US ambassador to Yemen, X said via the US Embassy account, that the US will classify the Houthis as a terrorist group at the end of next week, if the group does not stop its attacks on ships in the Red Sea.
The US announced this move in January, giving the Houthis 30 days to stop the attacks before it took effect.
“In response to these ongoing threats and attacks, the United States announced the designation of Ansarallah, also known as the Houthis, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement. at the time.