Houthi rebels hijack Israeli-linked ship in Red Sea

20 November 2023, 09:34

Galaxy Leader
Israel Palestinians Ship Seized. Picture: PA

Twenty-five crew members on the Galaxy Leader have been taken hostage.

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have seized an Israeli-linked cargo ship in the southern Red Sea and taken its 25 crew members hostage.

The moves have raised fears that regional tensions heightened by the war are spilling into the seas.

The Iran-backed rebel group said it would continue to target ships connected to Israel.

No Israelis were aboard the Bahamas-flagged Galaxy Leader, which was operated by a Japanese company with crew members from the Philippines, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Mexico.

Galaxy Leader
The Israeli-linked cargo ship was seized in a crucial Red Sea shipping route on Sunday (AP)

Public shipping databases associated the ship’s owners with Ray Car Carriers, a company founded by Abraham Ungar, who is known as one of the richest people in Israel.

Mr Ungar told The Associated Press he was aware of the incident but could not comment as he awaits further details.

A ship linked to him experienced an explosion in 2021 in the Gulf of Oman. Israeli media blamed this on Iran at the time.

The Galaxy Leader was taken to Yemen’s port city of Hodeida, according to the UK military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations.

Japanese officials are negotiating with the rebels for the release of the ship and its crew, according to the country’s chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno.

By Press Association

Latest World News

See more Latest World News

British Irish Council summit

Renewed Israeli bombardment of Gaza will prove counterproductive, says Varadkar

Evacuation after a storm

Heavy rains leave several dead before storm Michaung makes landfall in India

In order to appear on the ballot, candidates need to secure the nomination of 20 Oireachtas (Irish Assembly) members or four local authorities.

Conor McGregor throws hat into Irish political ring and hints at running for president in 2025 election

The ancient vase

British Museum loan to Greece coincides with dispute over Elgin Marbles

Party leaders

Norwegian government makes deal over deep sea mining in Arctic Ocean

The woman was paddleboarding when she was attacked by the shark. (stock images)

Boston newlywed, 44, killed in shark attack while paddleboarding in Bahamas

Drone attack damage

Deadly Russian shelling hits southern Ukrainian city

Indonesia Volcano Eruption

Death toll from Indonesia volcano eruption rises to 22

House explosion

Blast levels house in US as officers served search warrant

Bad weather at an airport

Freezing rain causes deadly accidents in Germany

Tesla

Danish union to take action against Tesla in solidarity with Swedes

A view of the iceberg

British research ship crosses paths with world’s largest iceberg in Antarctic

Single-use e-cigarettes

Bill to ban disposable e-cigarettes in France approved

Trevor Jacob filmed himself skydiving out of the light aircraft

YouTuber Trevor Jacob jailed after crashing plane and skydiving to safety for video views 'and financial gain'

Rohingya refugees

400 Rohingya Muslims on board two boats adrift in the Andaman Sea

Cancellations board

Munich Airport suspends all flights due to freezing rain