21 November 2023

The Huthis seized the Bahamas-flagged Galaxy Leader, which they claimed was an “Israeli ship”, in the Red Sea, calling the move “a major shift in the course of the battle with the Zionist entity [ie, Israel]”. Israel denounced what the prime minister’s office described as an “Iranian attack against an international vessel”, noting: “The ship, which is owned by a British company and is operated by a Japanese firm, was hijacked with Iran guidance by the Yemenite Houthi militia… No Israelis are onboard”. “This is another act of Iranian terrorism and constitutes a leap forward in Iran’s aggression against the citizens of the free world, with international consequences regarding the security of the global shipping lanes”, the statement read. Iran’s government rejected any involvement, asserting: “Resistance groups in the region act independently and spontaneously based on their interests and that of their people”.

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