Yemen Has Not Declared War on Israel, but What About the Houthis?

( – On October 7, the Hamas terrorist group launched an attack from Gaza into Israel, which included armed militants pouring over the border into Israel, some of whom overran an outdoor concert kidnapping and brutally killing unarmed civilians. Two other factions of Islamic zealots, both believed to be backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hezbollah based in Lebanon and Houthi (officially Ansar Allah) in Yemen, have taken military action against the Jewish state. But, as is frequently the case in war zones, truth can sometimes take a backseat to propaganda.

Have They, or Haven’t They?

On October 31, Sulaiman Ahmed — who has been accused of being an Islamic apologist — took to his X (formerly Twitter) feed to claim that “YEMEN DECLARED THEY ARE NOW AT WAR WITH ISRAEL,” though he later replied to his own post clarifying that the statement was actually by the Houthi group.

However, just comparing the activity between the two messages shows that it was far too late to backpedal, given that the original post was viewed (as of November 5) roughly 7.7 million times, with 56,000 likes, and 25,000 reposts. His attempted correction had just 415,000 views (just slightly more than one-half of a percent engagement of the original) and similarly anemic stats in the other categories. The first post is considered to have gone viral, the best comparison of the latter might be considered an infected hangnail.

The question that comes up is which of his messages is correct? Did Yemen declare war, or was it “just” the Houthi, and is there any difference? In 2014, Houthi terrorists began a civil war that is officially still in progress, and while the United States still recognizes the Presidential Leadership Council as the ruling body, the insurgents control the vast majority of the country.

In Lebanon, Hezbollah has wielded great power ever since Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) began training and funding the group in the early 1980s. Israel claims that the Shiite Muslim group used anti-armor missiles against a group of Israeli Defense Force (IDF) tanks and downed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV/drone) using a surface-to-air missile (SAM).

For their part, Hezbollah and Lebanese officials allege that Israel’s claim that they targeted a car transporting terrorists was a lie and instead killed three tween/teen girls and their grandmother. They used that as a reason to launch a rocket attack at Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel that damaged cars and buildings and injured two men when their house took a direct hit from one of the rockets.

The Secretary-General of the Hezbollah political wing, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, warned that if the United States didn’t put a stop to Israel’s “aggression against Gaza because it is your aggression,” they would begin targeting Navy ships in the Mediterranean Sea.

In October, the American Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) destroyed cruise missiles and drones launched by the Houthi; the military forces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia intercepted another cruise missile that flew too close to its airspace. The actions of Iran’s armed proxies in the region represent a threat of escalation that could draw the United States and its allies into a shooting war.

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