The Arab media reports that an Israeli-owned cargo ship was hijacked a few hours ago by the Houthis in Yemen while it was sailing in the Arabian Gulf. According to reports in the Arab media, senior Houthi officials announced that they would deliver “an important statement regarding the ship” in the coming hours.
It was reported on the Saudi Al-Arabiya channel that a senior Houthi official said that it was an “Israeli cargo ship” with about 22 crew members on board. Israel refused to address or respond to reports published in the Arab media and to quotes attributed to Houthi officials that an Israeli-owned cargo ship had indeed been hijacked. In addition, there is no confirmation from other sources about the alleged hijacking of the cargo ship apart from the quotes attributed to Houthi officials.
It should be emphasized that the cargo ship in question, whose name is “Galaxy Leader”, sails under the flag of the Bahamas and mainly transports vehicles. The ship is jointly owned and one of its owners is the Israeli businessman Rami Unger.
The IDF spokesman said in response that: “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. This is a ship that left Turkey on its way to India with an international civilian crew, without Israelis. This is not an Israeli ship.”