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MARCH 2024

Houthis Seize Ship In Red Sea, Israel Denies Ownership

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Houthis Seize Ship In Red Sea, Israel Denies Ownership

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Israel said on November 19 that Yemen’s Houthis (Ansar Allah) had seized a British-owned and Japanese-operated cargo ship in the southern Red Sea, describing the incident as an “Iranian act of terrorism” with consequences for international maritime security.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said a ship had been seized, and stressed that Israel was not involved in its ownership, operation or the make-up of its international crew.

“There were no Israelis on the ship,” the office said in a statement. “This is another Iranian act of terrorism that represents an escalation in Iran’s belligerence against the citizens of the free world, with concomitant international ramifications vis-a-vis the security of global shipping routes.”

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in an earlier statement that the Houthis had seized a cargo ship in the southern Red Sea as it was sailing from Turkey to India, calling it “a very grave incident on a global level.”

“The ship departed Turkey on its way to India, staffed by civilians of various nationalities, not including Israelis. It is not an Israeli ship,” the IDF said in a social media post.

Three United States officials identified the ship as Galaxy Leader and told NBC News that the Houthis used a helicopter to capture it.

Another official from the U.S. Department of Defense told Al-Arabiya English: “We’re aware of the situation and are monitoring it closely.”

Meanwhile, Yemeni sources told Al-Mayadeen TV that 52 people who were aboard the seized ship were apprehended and are currently being investigated. The sources didn’t clarify if any of them were Israeli citizens. However, the news channel said that the ship was partly owned by an Israeli businessman.

The Houthis are part of the so-called “Axis of Resistance” which is backed by Iran and opposes Israel. Since the outbreak of the war in Gaza, the Houthis have been launching attacks with missiles and drones against Israel.

Last week, the Houthi leader, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, said that his forces would launch more attacks against Israel and they could target Israeli ships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which links the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis, but earlier, Brigade General Yahya Sarea, a spokesman for the group, said in a statement that all ships owned or operated by Israeli companies or carrying the Israeli flag will be targeted. The spokesman also called on all countries to withdraw their citizens working on the crews of any such ships.

The seizure of Galaxy Leader could lead to a serious escalation, even if none of the crew were Israelis. The U.S. could further increase its military presence in the Bab al-Mandab Strait or even launch some military operation against the Houthis.

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tak toto je ozaj sila!!! jemenskí húsíovia sa podieľajú na zajatí lode a debili obvinia z toho irán? tu je jasne vidieť, že sa snažia silou mocou zatiahnuť irán do konfliktu!!! kedy sa konečne voči takémuto správaniu sa poniektorých bastardov, svet ohradí?

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Huckelberry finn

sf, why is it not possible to comment on “in video: hamas fighters blow up israeli tanks at point-blank, raid occupied hospital”?

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Seize More Ships Please

god bless the yemenis!

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Psionists slaves of America

if it’s british then it might as well be israeli since the us and britain are enslaved by the genocidal israeli regime.

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Keith

houthis take something and it’s iran. us and nato should have joined a carnival or a circus. that is exactly the extent of their carnival sherades today trying to get someone to listen.

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Suwat

the ship was partly owned by an israeli businessman, that’s enough.

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Mr. Monkey

the ship is owned by the israeli kike-mossad shaitan rami unger

James

excellent work.

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gnuperloop gestapo

in germland we coca colonized by amerikan hillbilly

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Sink Israel Ships

sink those ships to the bottom of the sea!

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Boycott usa the world's bully

nah has no value then. the houthis have taken ti back to port. it is a good bargaining chip. or they might use it in a suicide mission to ram usa warships in the red sea. who know, the axis of resistance is imaginative, daring, brave and kicking ass.

Paul Citro

after years of war the yeminis are battle hardened and ready to fight. of all the arab nations, they will be the ones to lead the charge.

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