Houthi Rebels Vow Punishment of Americans

(StraightShooterNews.com) – After being dealt a striking blow by coalition forces defending the Red Sea, Houthi rebels issued a stern warning to the United States and the United Kingdom, stating that these nations would face a “heavy price” for their military actions in Yemen.

In a recorded address, Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree, a Houthi military spokesman, reported that 73 strikes had recently targeted five regions under Houthi control. These strikes resulted in at least five deaths and six injuries.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Saree held the U.S. and the U.K. fully accountable for what he termed “criminal aggression” against the Yemeni people, promising that these actions would not go without a response or punishment.

In a statement translated via Google, Senior Houthi official Hussein al-Ezzi echoed this sentiment, suggesting that America and Britain should brace themselves for severe repercussions and the consequences of what he described as deliberate aggression.

Additionally, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the chief negotiator and spokesperson for the Iran-funded Houthi group, characterized the U.S. and British actions as misguided violence. He asserted that these actions would not deter Yemen’s support for Palestine and Gaza. Abdul-Salam vowed to keep the group’s targeting of Israeli ships or those en route to Israeli ports.

However, recent weeks have seen the Houthi group targeting vessels with little or no connection to Israel, significantly impacting commerce in the region. This has led to major disruptions, with some of the largest shipping companies halting operations in the Red Sea, a critical trade route through which approximately 12% of global trade passes.

The U.S. and U.K. conducted the strikes in Yemen as a direct response to these maritime attacks.

Speaking for the first time since his undisclosed hospitalization, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin warned of further consequences if the Houthi rebels continue their assaults on ships in the Red Sea.

Austin’s statement underscored the coalition’s message to the Houthis: cease illegal attacks or face the costs. He affirmed the U.S.’s right to self-defense and its readiness to take further action to protect U.S. forces and the global economy.

However, analysts in Yemen believe that these strikes may unintentionally boost Houthis’ popularity in the region and their support for Hamas. Following the strikes, a rally in Yemen saw hundreds chanting slogans against America and Israel, and in support of Islam.