Yemen Blocks Red Sea Passage Of Ships To Israel Forcing Them To Navigate Around Africa Instead

Yemeni group the Houthis are now blocking the shipping of Israeli-owned ships and forcing them to go around and about Africa, a gesture that is costing Israel billions of dollars.

This is as their spokesperson said on Saturday, December 9 that all ships sailing to Israeli ports are banned from the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea and that they would start targeting any ship passing through the Red Sea en route to Israel regardless of its ownership by Zionist state.

“If Gaza does not receive the food and medicine it needs, all ships in the Red Sea bound for Israeli ports, regardless of their nationality, will become a target for our armed forces,” the spokesperson Yahya Sare’e said in a video statement.

The old route taken by Israeli ships to reach Haifa port passed first through Bab Al Mandab, the Red Sea, then the Suez Canal. Now the new route revolves around Africa passing through two oceans (Indian and Atlantic), then all the way through the Mediterranean Sea.

Last month, the Yemen group hijacked the Galaxy Leadership with its 25 crew members and sailed to the Yemen coast where it remained. The hijack was filmed in a video that went viral and was confirmed by news outlets.

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