Middle East crisis live: Houthis promise safe passage for Russian and Chinese ships in Red Sea after launching fresh attack

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15m ago 00.40 EST Opening summary Welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the Middle East crisis. I’m Adam Fulton and here’s a rundown on the latest news. A senior Houthi official has promised safe passage for Russian and Chinese vessels through the Red Sea, where the Iran-backed Yemeni militant group has been attacking commercial ships. Mohammed al-Bukhaiti insisted the waters around Yemen were safe so long as vessels were not linked to certain countries, particularly Israel. “As for all other countries, including Russia and China, their shipping in the region is not threatened,” he said in interview published by...