Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told President Biden that his country will act militarily against Yemen’s Houthi movement if the United States does not, according to a report by Israeli publication N12News.
The Iran-aligned group has been harassing Israeli and US forces in the Middle East since the start of Israel’s war with Hamas.
N12News reported on Saturday that Tzachi Hanegbi, Israel’s chief of national security staff, told reporters Amit Segal and Ben Caspit of his intention to respond to the group that has attacked and seized several ships linked to Israel in Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab Strait, a seaway through which much of the world’s oil is transported.
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The group has also fired ballistic missiles and armed drones into Israel.
“Jahin Hanegbi to Amit Segal Ben Kaspit: Netanyahu has informed Biden…- if you don’t act against the Hutus, we will act militarily,” the X post reads.
Fox News Digital sought but did not receive comment from the White House, the State Department or Netanyahu’s office.
The claims come after three merchant ships were attacked in the Red Sea last week, resulting in a US warship shooting down several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) heading towards them.
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The USS Carney was in the southern Red Sea just north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait on Dec. 3 when it shot down three Houthi drones heading in its direction, a US official told Fox News recently, adding that the action was taken on Self-defense. The drones were launched from areas of Yemen controlled by the Houthis, the official claimed.
There were no injuries to any crew members on the merchant vessels.
The Houthis, who rule much of Yemen and its Red Sea coast, also seized a British-owned cargo ship last month that had links to an Israeli company.
The Finance Ministry on Thursday announced sanctions against 13 individuals and entities responsible for providing funds to the Houthis in Yemen. These sanctions are aimed at cutting off funds to those facilitating Houthi attacks.
Houthi officials say their actions are a sign of support for the Palestinians.
Israel has said the ship attacks are an “Iranian act of terrorism” with implications for international maritime security.
A Houthi military spokesman said all ships sailing to Israeli ports are barred from the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.
“If Gaza does not receive the food and medicine it needs, all ships in the Red Sea bound for Israeli ports, regardless of nationality, will be targeted by our armed forces,” the spokesman said in a statement included in a Reuters report. on Saturday.
Danielle Wallace, Andrea Vacchiano, Lucas Y. Tomlinson and Liz Friden of Reuters and Fox News contributed to this report.