US navy’s Mideast chief: Iran directly involved in Houthi rebel ship attacks

JERUSALEM: Iran is “very directly involved” in ship attacks that Yemen’s Houthi rebels have carried out during Israel’s war against Hamas, the US navy’s top Mideast commander said Monday.
Vice Adm. Brad Cooper, the head of the navy’s 5th Fleet, stopped short of saying Tehran directed individual attacks by the Houthis in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. However, Cooper acknowledged that attacks associated with Iran have expanded from previously thre atening just the Persian Gulf and its Strait of Hormuz into waters across the wider West Asia.“Iran is clearly funding, they’re resourcing, they are supplying and they’re providing training,” he said. “They’re obviously very directly involved. There’s no secret there.”
“Clearly, the Houthi actions, probably in terms of their attacks on merchant shipping, are the most significant that we’ve seen in two generations,” he told the AP in a telephone interview. “The facts simply are that they’re attacking the international community; thus, the international response I think you’ve seen.” Iran’s mission to the UN did not respond to a request for comment on Cooper’s remarks. Houthi leadership in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, could not be immediately reached. Source

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