Yemen’s Houthi rebels have hijacked a ship in the Red Sea. There were about 25 people on board the ship along with the crew members. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called it a conspiracy by Iran. It is being told that this ship was going from Turkey to India and then the incident of hijacking of this British cargo ship has come to light. Houthi rebels have been accused of hijacking this ship from the Red Sea. Israel has described the incident as a threat to international maritime security and an Iranian act of terrorism.
British Galaxy ship hijacked in the Red Sea
According to reports, the ship is registered under a British company and is partly owned by an Israeli businessman. The ship flies the Bahamian flag and is leased to a Japanese company. When it was moving towards India via the Arabian Peninsula, it was stopped. It is believed that this ship is the Galaxy Leader. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said there were no Israeli citizens on board and denied the ship was Israeli, but called it a serious incident.
Houthi had already warned
Tehran’s ally Houthis have recently launched long-range missile and drone attacks on Israel in a show of solidarity with Palestinian Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Last week, the Houthi leader said his forces would launch further attacks on Israel and that they could target Israeli ships in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb strait. In a statement on social media site X, the IDF said the hijacking of a cargo ship by the Houthis near Yemen in the southern Red Sea is a very serious incident of global consequence.
The hijacking of a cargo ship by the Houthis near Yemen in the southern Red Sea is a very grave incident of global consequence.
The ship departed Turkey on its way to India, staffed by civilians of various nationalities, not including Israelis. It is not an Israeli ship.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 19, 2023