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On February 1, 2022, the Information Department of the Houthi Ansar Allah movement released a music video titled "Captain of the Ship," a song performed by the Ansar Allah movement's band. The music video was partly shot on the deck of the Emirati ship Rawabee, which the Houthis captured on January 3, and the lyrics included threats to continue naval commando operations against vessels belonging to the Houthis' enemies. The video featured armed Houthi fighters in diving gear and depicted them on a beach, underwater, and storming the Rawabee.
The lyrics of the song referred to Houthi drone and operations included promises to continue to "overwhelm" tyranny all the way to Mount Sinai, to "turn" Haifa into death for Israel, to cause America's "dairy cows" to dry up, and to make "Pharoah's soldiers" drown. The band also sang: "There is no protection from our flood." The video concluded with Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin saying "Allah willing, eventually we will be able to reach the Palestinian ports as well, so that in any possible future war with Israel, we will have the ability to do anything to support the Palestinians, or the nations and countries of our Arab and Islamic nation," over an image of Houthi soldiers standing in water before the Al-Aqsa Mosque in what appears to be a "flooded" Jerusalem. The video was uploaded to the band's YouTube channel.
Abdul-Malik Badreddin Al-Houthi: "The Yemeni naval forces are a defensive force. They are able to hit all the various types of the warships and military equipment of the forces of aggression."
Singer: "Aba Jibril 'lead the ship.' And you will find us wading the sea in front of your for eternity. Tyranny overwhelmed, so throw your staff and strike from Sa'ada to Mount Sinai. 'Aba Jibril' lead the ship. And you will find us wading the sea in front of you for eternity. Tyranny overwhelmed, so throw your staff and strike from Sa'ada to Mount Sinai.
"We, 'Khazraj", are honest in loyalty for 'Ahl al-Bayt', in this world and in the hereafter. We stand beside each other at once when misfortunes face us. We go forth, riding or on foot. And when we conquer the sea, we keep it open to make Pharaohs' soldiers drown. We built the ship on dry land and it turned into drone fly by our order.
"We shoot it as we like and it flies by Allah's will wherever we want. We torture the tyrants of the earth with it, and make them miserable. And save those who were being depressed. IF the time has come, there is no escape. And there is no protection from our flood.
"We will not tell our leader that we are tired. But just order us and we will flood every port. We will make 'Haifa' death to Israel and turn the lives of their allies into worries and troubles. We will make the US 'milk dairy cows' dry. And will not keep any 'dairy cows' for it. We did not distort the ship for fear of anyone's wrath but we captured the usurping kings.
"Our ships turned into fire burnt the battleships. If Allah wills a thing to be. His soldiers set sail quickly. The people of endued strength came by the command of Allah. They went through lands bringing destruction for enemies. They lead the Jews and Najd's Jews to the death together.
"Aba Jibiril 'lead the ship'. And you will find us wading the sea in front of you for eternity."
Abdul-Malik al-Houthi: "Allah willing, eventually we will be able to reach the Palestinian ports as well, so that in any possible future war with Israel, we will have the ability to do anything to support the Palestinians, or the nations and countries of our Arab and Islamic nation.