Iran’s Involvement in Yemen’s Houthi Seizure of Ship in the Red Sea

An Israeli cargo ship, Galaxy Leader, was hijacked in the Red Sea by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Sunday, according to reports. The ship, leased from a British company to a Japanese company, was partly owned by Rami Unger. The Foreign Ministry confirmed the incident, stating that there are 22 crew members on board, none of whom are Israeli. The ship, carrying 25 crew members of various nationalities, departed from Turkey and was en route to India under the flag of the Bahamas. The Prime Minister’s Office condemned the seizure, emphasizing that the ship was neither Israeli nor owned by Israelis, attributing the act to Iranian terrorism. Earlier in the day, a spokesperson for the Houthi military announced the group’s intentions to target ships operated or owned by Israeli companies or flying the Israeli flag, urging all countries to withdraw their citizens working on such ships. This move would transform the hijacking from a mere cargo stoppage in war to illegal piracy.