It is reported Al Arabiya.
Israel called it a “very serious incident at the global level” because it included many civilians of various nationalities, in addition to Israelis.
“The ship left Turkey for India, filled with civilians of various nationalities, not including Israelis. This is not an Israeli ship,” the military assured.
Earlier it was reported that the Israeli ship “Galaxy Leader” was stolen by the Yemeni Houthi group – according to known data, 22 people were on board the ship.
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Yahya Sarea, a spokesman for the Iran-backed Houthis, said the group would target all ships owned or operated by Israeli companies and flying the Israeli flag. He also called on all countries to recall their citizens who work in the crews of such ships.
On November 20, the Houthis published a video of the seizure of the cargo ship Galaxy Leader in the Red Sea, which shows how a helicopter with armed fighters lands on the ship.
“Scenes of a high-quality military operation by the Yemeni naval forces on an Israeli ship, controlling it and bringing it to the Yemeni coast on November 19, 2023 AD,” reads the video’s caption.
Reaction of Ukraine
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reacted on the seizure of the vessel in the Red Sea and instructed the involved Ukrainian embassies to check information about the possible presence of Ukrainians on board and to contact the owner company to find out the exact composition of the vessel’s crew and other details.
“We see reports in the media about the seizure of the cargo ship Galaxy Leader in the Red Sea, which may have citizens of Ukraine on board,” said the statement of the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oleg Nikolenko.
- Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels said they launched a “large number” of ballistic missiles and drones at Israel on October 31.