In Veiled Threat, Telegram Channels Linked To Houthi Ansar Allah Movement Point To Submarine Internet Cables Off Yemeni Coast

December 26, 2023

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On December 24, 2023, a Telegram channel affiliated with Yemen's Iran-backed Ansar Allah Movement (the Houthis) shared[1] a map of networks of submarine communications cables in the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, and the Persian Gulf. The map was accompanied by an implied threat: "There are maps of international cables connecting all regions of the world through the sea. It seems that Yemen is in a strategic location, as internet lines that connect entire continents – not only countries – pass near it."

On the same day, a Telegram channel affiliated with Lebanese Hizbullah published [2] a satellite image of the Red Sea, the Arabian Peninsula and the Arabian Sea, and wrote: "Did you know that internet lines connecting the east to the west pass through [the] Bab-el-Mandeb [strait]?" The "Al-Fatih110" Telegram channel, which supports Iran-backed militias in Iraq, similarly quoted the Houthis as stating that "the global internet cables which pass through the Bab-el-Mandeb strait are in our grip," and questioned if this was a "veiled message to the Western coalition."

Since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war, Houthi Ansar Allah has launched missiles at several ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden[3], and regularly issues threats against the U.S., Israel, and their allies in the region.[4]


[1] Telegram, December 24, 2023.

[2] Telegram, December 24, 2023.

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