U.S. accuses Iran of being “deeply involved” with attacks in Red Sea carried out by Houthi rebels

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The United States has accused Iran of being actively involved in attacks by Houthi rebels on the commercial ships in the Red Sea.

The White House on Friday said that Tehran’s support towards Yemen’s rebel group includes both weapons and tactical intelligence. The claims were backed by release of new declassified intelligence purporting to show Iranian involvement in the attacks.

“We know that Iran was deeply involved in planning the operations against commercial vessels in the Red Sea,” said White House national security spokesperson Adrienne Watson in a statement.

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She added, “This is an international challenge that demands collective action,” as she went on to claim that Iran’s long-term support to Houthi rebels has resulted in encouragement of destabilization in the region.

The White House said that visual analysis showed nearly identical features between Iran’s KAS-04 drones and the unmanned vehicles used by the Houthis, as well as consistent features between Iranian and Houthi missiles.

The Houthis, who control large part of Yemen, including its capital Sanaa, have launched dozens of drone attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea, which has been described as show of support towards Palestine, in the on-going war between Hamas and Israel.