Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran, which the Houthis supports. Tehran has not commented on the allegations.
Kidnapping ships is in his opinion “a terrorist act that represents a qualitative leap in Iranian aggression against citizens of the free world and creates international consequences for the safety of shipping lanes“.
Earlier, the Houthis threatened to attack everyone ships, connected with Israel. “From now on, everyone is a target shipsflying the Israeli flag, owned or operated by Israeli companies,” a military representative wrote on the X network the Houthis Riding Sara.
They call on all countries in the world to stop sending their compatriots to crew Israeli ships and to stop doing business with them. The reason for this decision is “Israeli-American aggression” in the Gaza Strip, they added the Houthis.
“We took the Israeli cargo ship to the coast of Yemen,” is after the Israeli kidnapping ships said Hutijevski official. Source in a coastal town Hodeida but he said that the ship had arrived at the port city of Salif.
According to DPA, it is a Galaxy ship Leader, which transports cars and was on its way from Turkey to India. There is said to be a 22-member international crew on board, but none of them are Israeli citizens.
According to Israeli media reports, the ship is said to be managed by a company partly owned by a British-Israeli businessman Rami Ungar. The 190 meter long ship sails under the flag of the Bahamas.