Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched a video footage on Monday displaying armed people dropping from a helicopter and taking management of a cargo ship in the southern Red Sea.
The footage, shared by the Houthi motion’s TV channel Al Masirah, got here a day after the Iran-backed group seized the ship, claiming it was related to Israel. In distinction, Israel asserts that the captured vessel is British-owned and Japanese-operated.
The Houthi rebels seized the cargo ship in a vital Red Sea delivery route on Sunday, holding its 25 crew members hostage.
The rebels, backed by Iran, said that the hijacking was motivated by the ship’s alleged ties to Israel. They declared their intention to focus on ships related to or owned by Israelis in worldwide waters till the conclusion of Israel’s marketing campaign in opposition to Gaza’s Hamas rulers.
The Houthis issued a press release, asserting, “All ships belonging to the Israeli enemy or that deal with it will become legitimate targets.”
Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the chief negotiator and spokesperson for the Houthis, emphasised in a web-based assertion that the Israelis comprehend solely “the language of force.” He characterised the ship’s detention as a sensible step signifying the Yemeni armed forces’ dedication to maritime battle, reported AP.
Meanwhile, Iran has denied Israeli allegations relating to its involvement in the seizure of the cargo ship by Yemen’s Houthis.
Nasser Kanaani, the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, said at a press convention on Monday that resistance teams in the area function independently and that Israeli claims are an try and divert consideration from what Kanaani known as Israel’s “irreparable defeat” in opposition to Hamas militants in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s workplace attributed the assault on the Bahamas-flagged Galaxy Leader, a car service linked to an Israeli billionaire, to the Houthis.
Netanyahu’s workplace clarified that no Israelis have been aboard the vessel.
The ship’s Japanese operator, NYK Line, confirmed that the vessel had no cargo when hijacked, and its crew hails from the Philippines, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, and Mexico.
With inputs from companies