Yemen’s Houthi rebels have hijacked an Israeli-linked cargo ship bound for India on the Red Sea shipping route. The rebels have also taken 25 crew members of the ship hostage. Officials said this move by Houthi rebels has increased the possibility of increasing regional tensions while on the other maritime front, there is a war going on between Israel and Hamas.
Amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, Yemen’s Houthi rebels have hijacked an Israeli-linked cargo ship bound for India on the Red Sea shipping route. The rebels have also taken 25 crew members of the ship hostage. The move by the Houthi rebels raises fears of escalating regional tensions, officials said, while on another maritime front, there is a war going on between Israel and Hamas.
The Houthi rebels, who are supported by Iran, have stated that they took over the ship due to its connections to Israel. They intend to keep attacking any ships in the Red Sea that are associated with or owned by Israel until Israel’s campaign against Hamas is over. Do. “All ships belonging to or in contact with the Israeli enemy will be targeted,” claimed the Houthis.
Israelis understand only the “language of force” – Houthi
Mohammed Abdul Salam, the Houthi’s chief spokesman, later released a video saying the Israelis only understood “the language of force.” He said, “Hijacking the Israeli ship is a practical step that shows the seriousness of the Yemeni armed forces in waging a maritime war regardless of its cost. This is just the beginning.”
Houthi blamed for an attack on an Israeli ship
On the other hand, the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Houthi for the attack on the Galaxy Leadership. The ship was associated with an Israeli billionaire. The statement said there were no Israeli citizens on board.
Crew members from the Philippines, Bulgaria
The ship’s Japanese operator, NYK Line, said the ship was carrying no cargo at the time of the hijacking. The NYK further reported that the ship’s crew members are from the Philippines, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, and Mexico.
The ship was heading to Pipavav in India
At the same time, Japan condemned the hijacking of the ship on Monday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said the Japanese government was doing its best to secure the early release of the crew through negotiations with the Houthi rebels. Along with this we are communicating with Israel and cooperating with the governments of Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Iran.
Huthi is behaving according to Islamic values
The Houthis said they were treating the crew members following their Islamic values, but did not specify what that meant. Netanyahu’s office condemned the kidnapping, calling it Iranian-backed terrorism. At the same time, Israeli officials insisted that the ship was British-owned and Japanese-operated.