Houthi leader says Italy would become a target if it joins attacks against Yemen


ROME (Reuters) – A senior official with Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said in an interview published on Monday that Italy would become a target if it took part in attacks against Yemen.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of the Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee, told daily La Repubblica that Italy should remain neutral in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pressure Israel to stop attacks on Gaza, adding that this is the key to achieving peace. Would be the only way. In area.

Italy said on Friday it would put an admiral in command of an EU Red Sea naval mission to protect ships from attacks by Yemen’s Houthi militia.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said the mission, scheduled to launch in mid-February, will aim to protect commercial vessels and prevent attacks, but will not take part in attacks against the Houthis.

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(Reporting by Christina Carlevaro; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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