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World Yemen's Houthi rebels seize Saudi Arabian ship in Red Sea

10:40  19 november  2019
10:40  19 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The Saudi -led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said on Monday the Another 10 foreign nationals were on board a towing vessel that belongs to Saudi Arabia which was A South Korean navy ship that has been conducting anti-piracy operations in the Arabian Sea near

The Saudi -led alliance intervened in Yemen in March 2015 against the Houthis after the group ousted the internationally recognised government from The Houthis have in the past targeted vessels off Yemen , which lies on one side of the Bab al-Mandeb strait at the southern mouth of the Red Sea , one

A Saudi Arabian tugboat was seized by Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on Sunday, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency SPA.

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The vessel was towing a South Korean drilling rig in the south of the Red Sea when it "fell under hijacking and armed robbery by two boats," Saudi military spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki told a news conference, SPA reported. He did not say how many crew members were aboard the ship.

The Saudi ship was reportedly among three vessels seized within 3 miles (4.8 km) off Uqban island and taken to the Salif port in western Yemen, according to the Houthi-run Al-Masirah news agency. Al-Masirah did not report on the origin of the other two ships.

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Yemen ' s Houthis have captured a Saudi vessel in the south end of the Red Sea , the rebel group and a spokesman for the Saudi -led coalition in Yemen said, escalating tensions between the two parties. A "tugboat" towing a South Korean drilling rig was captured by Houthi fighters on Sunday, Saudi -led

The Saudi -led alliance intervened in Yemen in March 2015 against the Houthis after the group ousted the internationally recognised government from The Houthis have in the past targeted vessels off Yemen , which lies on one side of the Bab al-Mandeb strait at the southern mouth of the Red Sea , one

Two South Koreans were among those captured, Kim In-chul, a spokesman for South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Tuesday.

"The South Korean nationals on the captive ships are safe and healthy and their families have been notified." Kim said.

Major shipping route

The Red Sea is a major oil shipping route, bordered to the north and west by the African nations of Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti, and by Saudi Arabia and Yemen to the east.

A series of attacks on oil tankers and production facilities in the region has increased tensions in recent months, including drone strikes on Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil processing facility -- the largest of its kind in the world -- in September, which halved the country's production.

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Photograph: EPA. Yemen ’ s Houthi rebels have hijacked a boat towing a South Korean drilling rig, a Riyadh-led coalition said on Monday, with a global shipping tracker calling it a Saudi -flagged vessel. Sunday’s incident in the Red Sea follows a lull in Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia as one Riyadh

The Saudi -led coalition fighting in Yemen said Iran-aligned Houthi rebels hijacked a vessel south of the Red Sea . Saudi Arabia ' s state-run news agency, Saudi Press Agency, quoted coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki as saying on Monday that Houthis seized the ship while it was

Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack, but both Saudi and US investigators claimed "with very high probability" that it was launched from an Iranian base.

Seizure condemned

Saudi military spokesman Al-Maliki called the seizure of the ship Sunday a "terrorist operation" that posed a threat to the freedom of international navigation and world trade.

The conflict in Yemen began in early 2015 when Houthi rebels -- a minority Shia group from the north of the country -- drove out the internationally-recognized government and forced its president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to flee.

The crisis quickly escalated into a multi-sided war, with neighboring Saudi Arabia leading a coalition of Gulf states against the Houthi rebels. The coalition is advised and supported by the US, among other nations.

A US official told CNN the government of Saudi Arabia had informed the US of the incident and said: "A Saudi-flagged vessel was seized and boarded by armed men while sailing in Yemen's territorial waters".

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