The rebels came on a helicopter.
- Houthi rebels hijack ship bound for India
- Video of hijacking of ship surfaced
- Twenty-five crew members were taken hostage.
A purported video of the cargo ship "Galaxy Leader" hijacked by Yemen's Houthi rebels has been released. The rebels are insisting that the ship is Israeli. However, Israel has denied this, saying that there are no Israeli citizens on its ship. The ship was on its way to India from Turkey when it was hijacked yesterday. The two-minute clip shows the ship hijack.
The rebels opened fire on the ship.
The rebels came on a helicopter that landed on the ship's deck, where there was no one. Then, shouting slogans and firing, they run across the deck, occupying the wheelhouse and the control centre. Some of the crew members seen in the video are seen raising their hands. Other rebels are seen fleeing as they fire at the ship. The ship has been re-shipped to the Yemeni port of Salif in Hodeidah province, afp reported, citing maritime security company Ambre and a Yemeni maritime source.
What the Houthi spokesman said
Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam said in a statement posted on X, on Sunday, promised more maritime strikes until Israel halted its Gaza campaign. The Bahamas-flagged ship was carrying around 25 crew members from different countries. It is owned by a British company, linked to Israeli tycoon Abraham "Rami" Ungar. The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have vowed to target Israeli-linked ships in the Red Sea. "Israeli ships are legitimate targets for us anywhere... And we will not hesitate to take action."
Israel condemns ship hijacking
Israel has condemned the ship hijacking and criticized Iran. "Israel strongly condemns the Iranian attack against an international ship," said a post from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on X. Given.
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