Yemen’s Houthi regime widened the list of ships it threatens to attack in the Red and Arabian Seas to include any merchant vessel heading towards Israel, regardless of its nationality.

The rebels, who control large swathes of Yemen, have so far been targeting only ships they believed to be controlled by Israeli interests.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces announce that they will prevent navigating all the ships heading to the Zionist entity [Israel] from any nationality,” Houthi spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree wrote on X, formerly Twitter, on Saturday.