Houthi group threatens ‘escalation’ if Israel invades Rafah

Palestinians check the wreckage of Al-Khatib family's Rafah residence in Gaza, which was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes.

Houthi group issued a warning on Tuesday, stating that they would escalate attacks on shipping if the Israeli army entered the city of Rafah in southern Gaza, Anadolu Agency reported.

Allama Muhammad Muftah, the head of the Houthi-run Supreme Committee for Supporting Al-Aqsa, conveyed this message on Al-Masirah TV. He emphasised that any Israeli aggression in Rafah would trigger a Yemeni response, potentially leading to heightened conflict.

Muftah clarified that the Houthi actions would be a reaction to Israeli aggression, whether directed towards Yemen, Gaza, or any part of Palestine.

Recent Israeli actions, including issuing evacuation orders in eastern Rafah and assuming control of the Rafah border crossing, have heightened tensions in the region.

The Houthi warning comes amid ongoing genocide and devastation in Gaza, with significant civilian casualties and widespread displacement. Israel faces accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice, with a recent ruling acknowledging the plausibility of such acts and calling for measures to ensure humanitarian aid reaches Gaza’s civilians.

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