The leader of the group of rebels, the Houthis, Mohammed Ali al Houthi, He said on his social networks that the release of Galaxy Leader ship can only be negotiated if Israel stops its attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Mohammed Ali al Houthi He added that both the United States and Israel must stop attacks and provide access to supplies.
“If the United States and Israel stop killing Palestinians in Loop and they bring water, medicine and food then we can talk about the Israeli ship,” he said on Twitter.
Last Sunday, the Yemen Houthi rebels announced that they had captured an Israeli cargo ship in the Red Sea. “We took an Israeli cargo ship toward the Yemeni coast,” a Houthi official said.
However, the Israeli army denied that it was one of its ships: “The ship left Türkiye bound for India, with civilians of different nationalities on board, but no Israelis. “This is not an Israeli ship,” he stressed.
Besides, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) indicated that two Mexicans were on board the Galaxy Leader ship. According to an information card from the Foreign Ministry, the presence of Mexicans was obtained through information received through diplomatic channels and they are in contact with the embassy in Saudi Arabiawho also represents the country before Yemento find out more details about the status of the crew.
The Galaxy Leader, operated by the Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen (NYK Line), was traveling from India to Türkiye when he was kidnapped on Sunday by rebels Yemen Houthis. The ship is partly owned by an Israeli tycoon, which led to the hijacking.
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In addition to the Mexicans, the crew is made up of Bulgarians, Ukrainians, Filipinos and Romanians, 25 in total.