In response to escalating threats from Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, Israel has strategically deployed one of its new Sa’ar 6 corvettes to the Red Sea, anchored off the Israeli port of Eilat.

This decision, announced by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on December 12, comes amid increased concerns regarding Houthi threats targeting Israel-bound commercial ships traversing the Red Sea.

Let’s review the details of this announcement.

Houthi Provocations and Rising Tensions

The Houthis, allegedly supported by Iran, have pledged to attack any vessels en route to Israel, aligning with their backing of Hamas in Gaza following the attacks on Israel on October 7.