New Delhi: In a somber ceremony in Sanaa, the Huthi rebel group bid farewell to 17 fallen fighters following US strikes that targeted missile launchers aimed at commercial shipping and American warships in the Red Sea. The Iran-backed rebels, who have been engaged in conflict in war-torn Yemen, control strategic areas including the port of Hodeida.
“The bodies of a number of martyrs of the nation and the armed and security forces who were martyred as a result of the bombing of the American-British aggression were carried through Sanaa today in a solemn funeral procession,” Iran-backed Yemeni rebel group said through its official media on Saturday.
Huthis support for Palestinians in Gaza
The Huthis, citing support for Palestinians in Gaza amidst the Israel-Hamas conflict, have intensified their attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. In response, the US and British forces have launched strikes against the rebels, escalating tensions in the region.
At Al-Shaab mosque, mourners gathered to pay their respects to the deceased fighters, reaffirming their unwavering stance on the Gaza conflict. Abu Moataz Ghalib, a mourner while speaking to the news agency AFP, emphasised their commitment to their principles and faith, vowing to continue their actions despite the losses suffered.
“We convey 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 forced us to take action,” he said.
Attacks on US and British ships have amplified concerns for maritime safety in Rad Sea
The recent strikes in Hodeida province and attacks on US and British ships have amplified concerns for maritime safety in the Red Sea, prompting shipping companies to alter their routes. The repercussions of these clashes are felt not only in Yemen but also in global trade as disruptions to the vital maritime route pose challenges for international shipping.