Israel is concerned over the increasing military power of the Iran-backed Houthi militia that has seized control of much of Yemen, thus enabling it threaten shipping in the Red Sea. This makes the Houthis a major Middle East security threat, and not only to Saudi shipping. Israeli ships are now also on alert after the Houthis issued specific threats against the assets and interests of the Jewish state.
Tensions between Israel and the Houthis escalated in recent weeks after an Israeli submarine entered the Red Sea. The Israeli vessel was redeployed to the area to provide first response to any attempt by Iran and its allies to avenge the assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. It is now widely believed that Israel was behind the November 2020 hit on Fakhrizadeh in Tehran.
With its strategic positioning on the Red Sea, Yemen is becoming a major stronghold for Iran through the Houthis, who are receiving regular shipments of advanced weapons and assistance from Iranian military experts....
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