Houthis promise safe passage for Russian, Chinese ships in Red Sea — media

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Representatives of the Yemeni rebel Ansar Allah (Houthis) movement have assured Russia and China that their ships can pass through the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait without fear of attacks from the Houthis, Bloomberg said, citing sources, Report informs via TASS.

According to the agency, a relevant agreement was allegedly reached during talks between diplomats of the three countries, which took place in Oman. Ansar Allah spokesman Mohamed Abdel Salam headed the Houthi delegation.

Following the escalation of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the Ansar Allah movement warned that it would carry out strikes on Israeli territory and prevent ships affiliated with it from passing through the waters of the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb Strait as long as the operation in the Palestinian enclave continued. Since mid-November last year, the Houthis have attacked dozens of civilian vessels in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.