Israel says Yemen’s Houthis seize ship in Red Sea, no Israelis on board
Yemen’s Houthi rebels seized a cargo ship in the southern Red Sea as it sailed from Turkey to India, the Israeli military says.
It called the move “a very grave incident on a global level”.
In a social media post, the military added that the vessel, which it did not name, is not Israeli-owned and has no Israelis among its crew.
The Houthis, an ally of Iran, have been launching long-range missile and drone salvoes at Israel in solidarity with the Palestinians in recent weeks.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said his country is not involved in the vessel’s ownership, operation, or the makeup of its international crew.
What we understand is the shipping company is partly owned by an Israeli businessman and this wouldn’t be the first time one of his ships was intercepted. In 2021 one of his vessels was targeted.
The Houthi rebels in Yemen released a video statement about 12 hours ago saying they will begin targeting ships in the southern Red Sea that they deem to be Israeli because of the situation in Gaza.
That is a main shipping lane for the whole of the world. The Houthis are really trying to target Israel with drone and missile attacks – and now this. The international community will be quite concerned.
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Credit to : Al Jazeera English