Yemen’s Houthi rebels threaten to attack Israel with missiles

Israel heard a new threat this week from an entirely new quarter, Yemen’s rebel Houthis. Their military spokesman, Col, Aziz Rashid, said Sunday, Oct. 1, in reference to Israeli bases in Eritrea: “Israel’s military bases in Africa are within range of Houthi missiles,” adding, if necessary, “Our forces would soon have missiles capable of reaching Israel itself.”

He did not need to spell out where those missiles come from. It is no secret that the Houthis are amply armed and supplied with intermediate range ballistic missiles from a single source, their sponsor, Iran.

Interestingly, the spokesman mentioned missiles able to cover the 1,720km distance between northern Yemen and the Israeli port of Eilat. However, according to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the Yemeni insurgents don’t have missiles with that sort of range. Tehran has given them Borkan-1 and Borkan-2 tactical ballistic missiles, whose ranges are respectively 800km and 1,400km. Both are short of the distance to Israel.
In the past year, the Houthis fired a number of missiles into neighboring Saudi Arabia, leader of the coalition fighting their insurgency. Some were aimed at the capital Riyadh. Two fell short near the Yemeni border and one hit a military target outside the Saudi capital. But most of the others were either intercepted by Saudi anti-missile defenses or exploded on open ground far wide of target.
While Israel has no reason to fear an Iranian missile attack on its soil by Yemeni insurgents as yet,  its Red Sea shipping is definitely vulnerable to the P-20 (Chinese Silkworm) shore-to-ship weapon, a kind of cruise missile, which the Houthis have available for shooting at the Israeli war fleet and merchant vessels sailing in the Red Sea to and from the Gulf of Aqaba.
Exactly a year ago, a Houthi missile struck a United Arab Emirate warship and set it on fire. Ten days later, on Oct. 10, they launched missiles against the USS Mason destroyer and drew an American retaliatory blow to their missile batteries.

More recently, on September 14, the Houthi leader, Abdulmalek Badruddin Al-Houthi, declared that the UAE is within his forces’ missile range. He noted that he spoke from experience after a successful test launch at the oil emirates, which is 1,500km away. He did not say when the test took place or which missiles were fired. But he went on to boast that his army possessed drones capable of cruising through Saudi air space.
The Houthi spokesman’s threat Sunday of a missile attack on Israel was the second time in a month that the Yemeni insurgents had referred to new Iranian long-range missiles for attacking a nation accused of siding with Saudi Arabia.

They claim Israel has become involved in the Yemen war by providing the Saudis with intelligence from its reconnaissance fleet which is based at the Eritrean port of Assab just 97km across the sea from the Yemeni coast.
Israel has never acknowledged those bases, but foreign sources began reporting in 2012 the discovery of Israeli war ships and submarines in permanent berths at Assab port, as well as an early warning station built there.

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31 thoughts on “Yemen’s Houthi rebels threaten to attack Israel with missiles

  • Oct 2, 2017 @ 1:04 at 1:04

    is it because of the neutron bomb? just askin’

  • Oct 2, 2017 @ 3:26 at 3:26

    While isis is being defeated on the ground, the houties are alive and kicking

  • Oct 2, 2017 @ 5:51 at 5:51

    Middle problem is isreal . need to destoy isreal immediately instantly all middle east problem will illeminate.

    • Oct 2, 2017 @ 6:31 at 6:31

      When the problem is yourself, you will simply replace one enemy with another over and over. That’s the nature of self, its always the others fault.

      • Oct 4, 2017 @ 0:01 at 0:01

        Thanks for the wisdom! Really great quote.

      • Oct 8, 2017 @ 1:51 at 1:51

        definition of sociopath

    • Oct 2, 2017 @ 8:32 at 8:32

      Wow Jesu what a shoddy comment, even for an obvious hater like you.

    • Oct 2, 2017 @ 15:56 at 15:56

      Who let you out of your straight jacket, Jesu?

    • Oct 2, 2017 @ 16:41 at 16:41

      You are an Idiot

    • Oct 2, 2017 @ 21:26 at 21:26

      Through the ages the nations of the world tried to destroy Israel, but she prevailed against all odds. This is due to one fact only and that is that the God of Israel will never forsake her. Israel is aware of the threats against her; it’s a nation under siege from all quarters. The Hezbollas and Houthis of this world better beware; Israel has a surprise for all of them. Watch this space!

      • Oct 3, 2017 @ 2:57 at 2:57

        And lots of American money. Would Israel last even 2 weeks without it?

        • Oct 3, 2017 @ 9:27 at 9:27

          That’s ok, Bub. The money gets used to rescue USA from from many potential life threatening situations like taking out the Osirak and other Iranian funded surprises over the past decades….but you keep commenting like a fool.

        • Oct 4, 2017 @ 0:05 at 0:05

          US subsidies account for less than 3% of the Israeli budget and less than 25% of their military budget…so much for that narrative

          Israel just raised their military cooperation alliance with India and Japan…China has in on some markets. Russia wouldn’t in either. USA can leave…in 20 years they will be behind Israel in tech!

          • Oct 8, 2017 @ 5:20 at 5:20

            less than 1%

      • Oct 7, 2017 @ 23:49 at 23:49

        Wrong because of Saudi a Gressinghamb backed by US and Israel IS are growing in Yemen. They were not there before and Al-Qaeda was being eliminated but now getting stronger. Remember Israel treats Al-Qaeda combatant in Syria in her hospitals.

    • Oct 3, 2017 @ 1:15 at 1:15

      Lets destroy you

    • Oct 3, 2017 @ 16:36 at 16:36

      You are an idiot.

    • Oct 4, 2017 @ 6:50 at 6:50

      We’re on the way to come visit you.

    • Oct 7, 2017 @ 20:20 at 20:20

      Stupid statement.

    • Oct 9, 2017 @ 8:01 at 8:01

      You ate lead paint chips as a little goat humper didn’t you?

  • Oct 2, 2017 @ 10:31 at 10:31

    need to destroy you and people of your type immediately

  • Oct 2, 2017 @ 10:55 at 10:55

    the iranians seem to be getting nervous – all their puppets seem to be making threats against israel all at once. and as has become typical of iranian propaganda, they are threatening with capabilities they don’t have yet.

    this only makes sense if your enemy is incapable of seeing through your bluff, or if you intend to provoke a fight and lose.

  • Oct 2, 2017 @ 14:09 at 14:09

    Here are some questions for Palestinian supporters about the country of Palestine….

    When was it founded and by whom?

    What were its borders?

    What was its capital?

    What were its major cities?

    What constituted the basis of its economy?

    What was its form of government?

    Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before Arafat?

    Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation?

    What was the language of the country of Palestine?

    What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine?

    What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date.

    And, finally, since there is no such country today, what caused its demise and when did it occur?

    • Oct 3, 2017 @ 4:14 at 4:14

      Hey Virtuous: thanks for a truly intelligent post. Unfortunately, even this excellent logic will not make an iota of difference to the insane Jew-baiting multitudes, in and out of the U.N., as their Antisemitism is visceral, and firmly established in their simian “minds”…

    • Oct 19, 2017 @ 12:18 at 12:18

      No one is able to awnser these questions
      Cause the Holy land is given to the Jews
      The people who are scattered
      Over the world and been brought back in this last generation as foretold in the Holy scriptures

  • Oct 3, 2017 @ 4:19 at 4:19

    Wow – those houthis skipped all the intermediate steps: just descended from the trees while munching on bananas, and already waiving missiles in the air !

  • Oct 3, 2017 @ 14:15 at 14:15

    We are needing more than to be right or wrong we need to be healing each other.

  • Oct 4, 2017 @ 0:26 at 0:26

    David, you are dead right. I am not a Jew, but a Christian. I respect the Jews because they are Gods chosen people. As you say, Israel cannot be destroyed because God will not allow it for this reason. BUT – please listen carefully, and dont forget I am on your side; I am not speaking against you or any Jew. God Himself will bring judgement on the Jewish people for their mistreatment of Christ. If I rightly understand the scripture that says “two lines to put to death and one full line to keep alive” Gods judgement will involve the death of two thirds of the Jewish people during the time of “Jacobs trouble.” The west will be destroyed at the same time because they have had the light of Christianity and have not repented of their sins. Eastern nations generally have not had Christianity presented to them. So how can you escape the coming judgement? Very simply by acknowledging Christ as Saviour and Messiah and acknowledging that His shed blood is what washes us from our sins. All those that trust in Him and belong to Him will be raptured by Him before the hour of trial begins. I urge you to avail yourself of this way of escape today.

  • Oct 4, 2017 @ 9:49 at 9:49

    If you go to the Coran sourat 5:20 to sourat 5:26 you will see the Prophet Mahomet himself
    said to the the israelites go back the land that G.od has promised to give you in
    So if the ignorants could start to respect the Coran and the Prophet himself there would
    be much less problems in this region

  • Oct 4, 2017 @ 12:52 at 12:52

    Well. The Houtis never had a lot there up top!

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