iranintl – The Israeli military said on Sunday that Yemen’s Houthis had seized a cargo ship in the southern Red Sea as it was sailing from Turkey to India, calling this “a very grave incident on a global level”.
In a social media post, the military said that the vessel, which it did not name, was not Israeli-owned and had no Israelis among its crew. Arabic-language media outlets say there are 52 crew members aboard the vessel. Israeli PM’s office says onboard the vessel are 25 crew members of various nationalities including Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Filipino and Mexican.
It is not yet clear how the Houthis mounted the ship, but Journalist Ben Caspit says there was unverified report that they landed on it by helicopter.
The hijacked ship is Galaxy Leader, registered under a British company, which is partially owned by Israeli tycoon Abraham Ungar who goes by Rami. He is the founder of Ray Shipping Ltd., and is known as one of the richest men in Israel. The vessel was leased out to a Japanese company at the time of the hijacking.