The Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen is celebrating Thursday’s terror attack in Elad, which they praised it as an operation “in the heart of the Zionist regime,” Iranian news media quoted the Houthi statement as saying.
The Houthis are a rebel group in Yemen who have been fighting the Saudi-backed government of Yemen for years. In 2015, Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen to prevent the group taking Aden and other cities. Since then, the Houthis have fired missiles and drones at Riyadh.
They increasingly also condemn Israel and seek to work closely with Iran and Hezbollah. Their official slogan is antisemitic and calls for death to Israel and “cursing” Jews.
The group put out a statement of “congratulations on the Palestinian operation against the Israeli enemy” and said the “operation” took place in response to the actions of the Zionist enemy and its attack on Islamic sanctuaries.
The statement said that “what the Zionist enemy must know is that peace and security will not come as long as Palestine is occupied, and that compromise agreements lead to nothing but defeat and despair.”
The report then notes that “this action is taking place while the Zionist army forces raided the house of the martyr’s father in Jenin and clashed with the resistance forces.” The Houthis call the Palestinian terror groups “resistance.”
Iran is trying to knit together the Houthis with pro-Iranian groups in Iraq, as well as with Hamas and Hezbollah. The goal for Iran is to create a united front against Israel that runs from Yemen along the Red Sea all the way to Iraq and the Gulf, as well as Syria and Lebanon.
Iran wants to base drones and other threats in Yemen. The goal will be to use them against Israel in a future conflict. This is why Iran publishes the Houthi compliments regarding the recent terror attack.