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Iran Distributing Naval Mines to Al Houthis Militia

The Houthi insurgents in Yemen can cause problems to demand oil shipments that glide through the Red Sea. Lately, a video was posted by Houthi media forces clearly displayed that the rebels acquiring naval mines and cautioning to station them in the Red Sea and also along the Bab el-Mandeb. The video involves further proof that Iran is teaming up with the Houthi rebels. This is another sign of Iran’s approach to coerce and control nations edging the southern Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Experts admit that the Houthis don’t have the technical mastery to develop their own mines. It is true for other advanced ammunitions that are used by the Houthis, such as ballistic missiles. Iran is the leading supplier of these weapons.
The head of the al-Jazeera Center for Studies, Najib Gallab, presumes Iran is motivating Houthis to perform terrorist acts via booby-trapped boats and missiles to aim the international trade corridor in the Red Sea. It’s mainly because Iran wants to display their potential in maritime terrorism with the help of Houthis on the west coast.
Expanding its authority and control over Yemen and neighboring countries encircling this crucial seaway would offer Iran to get infinite diplomatic leverage.
Iran’s act can impact Europe also. Oil shipments sailing through the Bab el-Mandeb choke point are crucial for the European economy.
As per the data obtained by the Energy Information Administration, practically 4.8 million barrels of oil and petroleum sailed through the strait in 2016. More than half of the shipment moved toward Europe.
If the Red Sea became insurmountable because of the mines, tankers would need to take a different path around the entire African continent. It might cause major disturbance across the crucial supply chain. For the last few years, Iran has been trying to force and control countries encircling the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

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