Houthi terrorists in Yemen have taken over two dozen hostages after seizing an Israeli-linked cargo ship in the Red Sea. The Houthi rebels, whom Iran supports, have claimed they stole the ship because of its ties to Israel. The organization issued a warning that unless Israel ends its assault against Gaza’s Hamas leadership, it will continue attacking ships in international seas that are related to or controlled by Israelis. The Houthis claimed that they were treating the crew “according to their Islamic standards,” albeit they could not specify what this entailed.
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the Houthis of attacking the Galaxy Leader, a truck carrier registered in the Bahamas that an Israeli millionaire owns. There were no Israelis among the ship’s 25 crew members. Nationalities represented were Bulgarian, Filipino, Mexican, and Ukrainian. The Houthis claimed that their treatment of the sailors was “according to their Islamic standards.”
Public shipping databases showed the ship was owned by Ray Car Carriers, which was established by Abraham “Rami” Ungar, one of Israel’s wealthiest citizens, despite claims to the contrary by Israeli authorities. As reported by The Associated Press, Ungar acknowledged knowledge of the event but said he lacked specifics to provide commentary. In 2021, a ship he was connected to exploded in the Gulf of Oman. Israeli media at the time were convinced it was the work of Iran.
Many different management firms, flags, and owners worldwide are involved in the operation of a single international shipping vessel. On Sunday afternoon (local time), Houthi militants in the Red Sea captured the Galaxy Leader, according to two U.S. military officials. A United States destroyer, USS Thomas Hudner, was patrolling near the straight Bab-el-Mandeb when spotters sighted a drone claimed to have originated in Yemen and shot it down over the ocean.