Iranian warship Alborz enters the Red Sea

Iran’s Alborz warship has passed through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and entered the Red Sea, the country’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reports.

Iranian warships have been operating in the region “to secure shipping lanes since 2009,” Tasnim said.

The Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen have attacked more than 20 vessels along the Red Sea shipping route in recent weeks.

Iran has claimed the Houthis are acting independently and haven’t received instruction from Iran.

However, Tehran has provided the rebel group with unmanned aerial systems, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles in the past, some of which have been used in the recent attacks.

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