Iran reportedly sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Thursday, following news of the first-ever U.S. cruise missile strikes on Iran-backed Houthis late Wednesday.
The republic’s naval commander confirmed that two naval destroyers had been deployed off the Yemeni coast “to protect trade vessels,” as the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
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RT reports that the commander, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, “dismissed claims the fleet has been deployed to intervene in the conflict in Yemen.”
But given that “[m]any see the Yemen conflict as a proxy war between the Middle East’s two main rivals, Saudi Arabia and Iran, and their western or regional backers,” as the Guardian put it on Thursday, the latest development could further ratchet up tensions in the region.
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