The Yemen Houthi rebels They announced this Sunday that they had Israeli cargo ship captured in the Red Sea and diverted it toward the coast of the war-ravaged country, an official said rebel and a maritime source.
“We carry a Israeli cargo ship towards the Yemeni coast,” said a Houthi official.
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A maritime source in the coastal city of Hodeida He said for his part that ship had been taken to the port city of Salif.
He israeli army He denied that it was an Israeli ship. “The ship left Turkey bound for India, with civilians of different nationalities on board, but no Israelis. It is not an Israeli ship,” she stressed.
Houthi rebels threatened to target Israeli ships in the Red Sea on Tuesday after claiming responsibility for several attacks in Israel, in war against andThe Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The Houthis, who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa, are part of the “axis of resistance” against Israel, which also includes Iranian-backed groups such as Hamas or the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahualso denied that the ship was from Israel and denounced in a statement “the Iranian attack against an international ship.”
“The ship, property of a british company and operated by a Japanese firm, was kidnapped with the help of Iran by the Yemeni Houthi militia,” he declared.
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“On board the ship there are 25 crew members of different nationalities, including Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Filipino and Mexican“.