The pro-Iranian Yemeni insurgents have kept their word. Days after threatening to target Israeli ships in the Red Sea, the Houthis seized a commercial boat owned by an Israeli businessman in a show of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza who have been victims of Israel's bombardment.
On Sunday, after sailing away from the Saudi port of Jeddah, the Galaxy Leader was "captured" further south, near the Yemeni coast, not far from the port of Hodeidah, with 25 people on board. Contrary to what the rebels trumpeted immediately afterwards, none of them were Israelis. The Houthis then took the ship to the port of al-Salif
The seizure is based on "religious, humanitarian and moral responsibility towards the oppressed Palestinian people, subjected to an unjust siege and the continuation of the horrific and heinous massacres perpetrated by the Israeli enemy," Houthi military spokesman Yahya said.
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