The defense minister of the Houthis’ National Salvation Government has vowed to attack Israeli land and naval targets in response to Tell Aviv’s alleged involvement in the Yemeni conflict.
In an interview with the al-Masirah newspaper, Gen. Mohamed Nasir al-Atifi claimed that Israel has been participating in the Saudi-led operations in Yemen “since day one.”
“The Yemeni military has a bank of military naval and land targets for the Israeli enemy, and we will not hesitate one second to destroy them if the decision is taken by the leadership,” Gen. al-Atifi said in the interview, that was published on December 8.
The defense minister went on to claim that the Yemeni military is developing its defense industry, promising to reveal advanced weapon systems soon.
Last summer, the Houthis carried out a series of attacks on Saudi Arabia using drones, ballistic missiles, precision-guided rockets and cruise missiles. Most of these advanced weapons are believed to be supplied by Iran.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Navy seized what it claimed to be a shipment of advanced Iranian missiles that was allegedly on its way to the Houthis in Yemen.
It remains unclear if the Houthis have means needed to attack targets in Israel, which is located more than 1,700 km away from the Yemen. However, in the last two years, the Yemeni group delivered strikes on several targets deep inside Saudi Arabia and even in the UAE.