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.

The Houthis have been linked to a series of missile and drone attacks in the Red Sea, including the dramatic seizure of a commercial vessel.

While Israeli defense systems, along with United States Navy ships in the region, have successfully intercepted several of these threats, the Houthis purportedly targeted a Norwegian commercial vessel with a missile on December 11, unrelated to Israel.

Strategic Deployment of the Sa’ar 6 Corvette

Unsuccessful Houthi missile attempts reportedly targeted Eilat, prompting the deployment of the Sa’ar 6 vessel, renowned for its anti-air capabilities.

Earlier, a different missile ship from the Israeli Navy had been stationed there.