Yemen's Houthi, backed by Israel's arch-foe Iran, rebels hijacked an Israeli-leased cargo ship and 52 crew members on board, Saudi media reported on Sunday.
Earlier on Sunday, the Houthis, backed by Israel's arch-foe Iran, declared their intention to target any ships flying the Israeli flag or owned/operated by Israeli companies.
In their statement, they called on countries to evacuate their citizens from such vessels and advised against using them to transport goods. They also urged nations to notify these ships to steer clear of their ports.
The vessel, known as the Galaxy Leader, was transporting automobiles from Turkiye and was intercepted in the southern Red Sea while en route to India. It is registered under the Bahamian flag and identifies Nassau as its home port.
"Very grave incident of global consequence. Staffed by civilians of various nationalities, not including Israelis. It is not an Israeli ship," Israel officials stated.
The Houthis declared their intention to target any ships flying the Israeli flag or owned/operated by Israeli companies.
Source: News Agencies