Following are excerpts are from an interview with Egyptian General [Ret.] Ahmad Al-Gawhari, former commander, Egyptian Army Anti-Terror Unit, which aired on Al-Tahrir TV on November 2, 2014:
Ahmad Al-Gawhari: I do not think that Iran will go as far as to block the Bab Al-Mandab Strait, because if someone tries to attack, block, or control this strait, this could lead to war – maybe even a world war – in which nuclear bombs would be used.
If this happens, I believe that a military confrontation will ensue.
Interviewer: Military confrontation? Launched by Egypt?
Ahmad Al-Gawhari: Yes.
Interviewer: Against whom? Against the Houthis?
Ahmad Al-Gawhari: Against whoever blocks the Bab Al-Mandab Strait.