Galaxy Leader, was hijacked on Sunday in the southern Red Sea by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, reported AP. The vessel en route from Turkey to India is believed to be having 25 people on board. Houthi rebels, who control northern Yemen and its Red Sea coast, said the vessel was Israeli.
“All ships belonging to the Israeli enemy or that deal with it will become legitimate targets," AP quoted the rebels as saying. Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the Houthis' chief negotiator and spokesman, said in a statement that the Israelis only understand “the language of force". “The detention of the Israeli ship is a practical step that proves the seriousness of the Yemeni armed forces in waging the sea battle, regardless of its costs and costs," he added.
“This is the beginning." However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office rejected the claim. Criticizing the hijack of the cargo ship Galaxy Leader by the Houthis rebels, Netanyahu’s office said the vessel was owned by a British company and operated by a Japanese firm, without naming either of those. There were no Israelis among the ship’s 25 crew members, it said.
The Israeli government further said the crew members of the ship included people from Ukraine, Bulgaria, the Philippines and Mexico. Netanyahu’s office blamed Sunday’s cargo ship hijack on Tehran, which it said is endangering global shipping lanes. "The hijacking of the cargo ship by the Houthis near Yemen in the southern Red Sea is a very serious event on a global level.Read more on livemint.com