Houthi rebels seize Israeli-linked ship

30 Houthi rebels seize Israeli-linked ship

West Jerusalem claims that the raid on the Galaxy Chief cargo ship within the Crimson Sea was orchestrated by Iran

The Houthi authorities in Yemen says it has seized an Israeli-affiliated cargo ship within the Crimson Sea, as tensions between the 2 boil over as a result of battle in Gaza. Israel has condemned the transfer however insists that the ship had no connection to the nation.

Japanese-based operator NYK Line mentioned on Monday that the Bahamian-flagged pure automotive and truck service, the Galaxy Chief, was captured close to Hodeida, Yemen whereas crusing for India, including that there have been 25 crew members aboard.

Whereas operated by a Japanese firm, the ship is owned by British-based Ray Automobile Carriers, related to Abraham Ungar, one of many richest males in Israel, in line with Forbes.

Brigadier Basic Yahya Sarie, the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, confirmed that the navy had directed the vessel to the nation’s coast, claiming that the operation was carried out primarily based “on spiritual, humanitarian and ethical accountability in the direction of the oppressed Palestinian individuals and the unjust siege they’re subjected to.” 

He famous that Yemen would “take care of the ship’s crew in accordance with the teachings and values of our Islamic faith.” The Yemeni navy would additionally “proceed to hold out navy operations towards the Israeli enemy till the aggression” towards Gaza stops, he added.

The Israel Protection Forces (IDF) described the incident as “hijacking” and a “grave incident of world consequence,” whereas stressing that the vessel was “staffed by civilians of varied nationalities, not together with Israelis. It isn’t an Israeli ship.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s workplace claimed that the hijacking was orchestrated by Tehran, which has shut ties with the Houthi rebels, condemning what it known as “one other act of Iranian terrorism.”

Iranian International Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani denied the allegation, claiming that numerous “resistance teams within the area act independently and spontaneously primarily based on their pursuits.” He added that West Jerusalem’s claims in regards to the vessel had been meant to divert consideration from its “irreparable defeat” within the battle with Hamas.

Tensions between the Houthis and Israel have soared within the aftermath of the October 7 Hamas assault on the Jewish state. Final month, the Yemeni navy mentioned it had launched drones and missiles at Israel in assist of the Palestinian trigger. Earlier than that, the Pentagon mentioned {that a} US destroyer deployed within the Crimson Sea had shot down a number of missiles fired from Yemen and doubtlessly heading towards targets in Israel.

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