Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said Yemenis are not afraid of any military escalation by the aggressors, the Arabic-language Al-Manar TV reported.
Any adventurism, like the recent attack on Hudaydah, will face defeat, he stressed.
The Houthi leader further emphasized that in case the escalation continues, the people of Yemen know how to “teach a lesson” to the aggressors.
A source at the Yemeni Foreign Ministry also said the military escalation in Yemen’s west coast region was aimed at destroying the unity and territorial integrity of the Arabian Peninsula country.
Speaking to Yemen’s Saba news agency, the source said tensions in the region will not only lead to the suffering of the Yemeni nation, but will also threaten the security and stability of international maritime routes in the Red Sea and the Bab Al-Mandab Strait.
The comments came after media reports said heavy fighting in Yemen’s west coast region left more than 250 Houthi forces killed, among them 20 senior field commanders.