“If America and Israel stop and stop killing Palestinians in [секторе] Gaza, they will deliver water, medicine and food, then they will be able to talk about the Israeli ship,” he wrote on the social network X. In his opinion, the seizure of the ship “complies with the principle of reciprocity.”
On November 19, Al Hadath TV channel, citing sources, reported that the Houthis seized the Israeli cargo ship Galaxy Leader with 22 crew members on board in the waters of the Gulf of Aden. Ansar Allah spokesman Yahya Saria confirmed the seizure of the vessel, adding that it was towed to the Yemeni coast and the crew was detained. Israeli authorities condemned the seizure of Galaxy Leader and blamed Iran. The press service of the army of the Jewish state denied the information that the ship is Israeli.
According to the Marine Traffic service, the ship was flying the flag of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Later, the Kyodo agency reported that the operator of Galaxy Leader is the Japanese company Nippon Yusen. According to him, there were 25 crew members on board from Bulgaria, Mexico, Romania, Ukraine and the Philippines; there were no Israeli or Japanese citizens on the crew. The ship belongs to a company from the UK.
On November 4, Ansar Allah leader Abdel Malek al-Houthi promised to continue attacks on Israeli territory, threatening to attack Jewish state ships in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. Since the beginning of the deterioration of the situation in the Gaza Strip, the Houthis have several times reported attacks on Israeli territory.