G7 Criticized by Houthis for Alleged Connection of Hijacked Ship to War

The Houthis criticized the G7 on Wednesday, stating that they have detained the Galaxy Leader ship due to the war in Gaza. The G7 foreign ministers emphasized the importance of maritime security after the hijacking. They called on the Houthis to cease attacks on civilians and threats to international shipping lanes and to release the M/V Galaxy Leader and its crew. The Houthis, however, slammed the statement, expressing support for Hamas and other Iranian-backed groups.

Muhammad Abdel Salam, the spokesman for the Houthi movement, commented on the G7’s statement, affirming their decision to target ships linked to Israel. The Houthis stated that they detained the ship and its crew in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s resistance in Gaza. They have threatened to target ships they claim are linked to Israel, leading to navigational warnings and attacks by drones and ballistic missiles.

The Houthis have vowed to continue military operations against the ships and interests of Israel until its aggression against Gaza stops. They have not indicated if they are abiding by a similar Iranian-backed decision to halt attacks.