Houthis repeat threat to target international shipping lines, oil tankers

A soldier walks at Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen, May 10, 2017.

:: Iranian-backed Houthi militias reiterated threats to target international shipping lines and oil ships in the Red Sea.

“We will take measures we have not taken before and we can target oil ships. We can do anything,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the chief of the so-called supreme revolutionary committee, said on Facebook.

Mohammed al-Houthi, who is on Saudi Arabia’s terror list, said they will carry out these threats if the Saudi-led coalition and legitimate forces liberate the city and port of Hodeidah, west of Yemen.

“In this case we can target oil tankers. We can do anything,” he said, adding that it was the Houthis’ “legitimate right” to do so.

He also threatened that giant oil facilities in Saudi Arabia will be among the major targets of their “capable missiles,” in reference to ballistic missiles smuggled from Iran.

Meanwhile, Abdulmalik al-Houthi, the Houthi leader, reportedly said that if “the Saudi-led coalition wants oil ships to be safe then it better not invade” Hodeidah.

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