Top US general says Iran is militarising Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.

Iran, through its proxy forces in Yemen, is turning a vital international waterway into a militarized choke-point that threatens freedom of navigation, a senior U.S. commander charged Wednesday.

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, said Iran has moved advanced weaponry into Yemen, which threatens ship traffic through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden.

Votel said the international shipping lanes are being turned into another Strait of Hormuz, where Iran has elaborate shore-based weapons that in a time of crisis could shut down shipping in the Persian Gulf.

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