In a historic and unprecedented move, the Republic of Yemen has officially announced its entry into the “Battle of the Flood” for Al-Aqsa, launching a barrage of ballistic missiles and drones targeting Israeli Defense Forces (IOF) installations within occupied Palestine. This declaration was made by the Houthi group in Yemen, signifying a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict.
The effective Houthi declaration of war cements the Yemeni movement’s status as a member of the Iran-led ‘Axis of Resistance.’ Of note, the Iran-led constellation also gathers Syria, Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, as well as armed groups in Iraq.
At a time when the Arab public is outraged by the violence in Gaza, the Houthis may additionally be girding to build regional legitimacy after years of harsh criticism, particularly in Gulf Arab media.
The recent escalation began when Yemeni resistance groups, notably the Houthi rebels, initiated a series of missile and drone attacks directed toward the Zionist entity. In a statement issued by the Houthi group, they pledged to continue these attacks until Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people ceases.
The Yemeni Houthi rebels have now declared open hostilities against Israel, employing long-range ballistic missiles to strike Israeli cities. One of the latest missile strikes targeted Eilat in southern occupied Palestine, with at least one missile reportedly hitting an Israeli target.
This has further complicated the security landscape for Israel, as it now faces threats from Ansarullah in the south, Hamas in the center, and Hezbollah in the north.
In light of these developments, Brigadier General Yahya Sare’e, the spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces, officially declared Yemen’s state of war against Israel. This declaration underscores the gravity of the situation and marks a significant shift in the ongoing regional conflicts, with Yemen becoming the first nation to declare war on Israel officially.