Arab condemnations of the Houthi piracy of a cargo ship off the coast of Hodeidah

The Organization for Islamic Cooperation on Monday condemned the exposure of a cargo ship to piracy and robbery by the Houthi militia, off the Yemeni city of Hodeidah, and called for its immediate release.

“We regard the hijacking of the ship as a criminal act that impedes the freedom of maritime and commercial navigation and the sending of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people,” he said.

In turn, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry condemned the piracy of the ship and declared in a tweet on Twitter, today, Monday, which “strongly condemns the piracy and the hijacking of a ship flying the flag of the United Arab Emirates”. Emirati by the Houthi militia. “

The ministry spokesman, Haitham Abu Al-Ful, said: “The Kingdom’s condemnation and denunciation of these terrorist acts, which pose a threat to freedom of maritime navigation and a flagrant violation of international law, require immediate evacuation of the ship to complete its course. “

flagrant violation

For its part, Egypt condemned the hijacking by the Houthi militia of a merchant ship flying the flag of the United Arab Emirates while it was in sailing off the coast of the Yemeni governorate of Hodeidah.

He stressed that these terrorist operations represent a real threat to the freedom and safety of navigation in the Red Sea, as well as a flagrant violation of the rules of international law, while demanding the immediate release of the ship.

Serious terrorist act

The Bahraini Foreign Ministry also condemned the incident and claimed that what the Houthi group had committed was maritime piracy which poses a serious threat to freedom of navigation in Bab al-Mandab and the Red Sea.

He called on the international community to condemn this “dangerous terrorist act” and to force the Houthis to immediately release the ship and its crew.

Armed robbery

The Arab parliament also condemned the Houthi armed robbery of a cargo ship off the coast of Hodeidah, calling it a war crime.

“We perceive the danger of what the Houthis have done on freedom of maritime navigation and global trade and an immediate and firm international stance must be taken,” he said. in a note.

The Arab parliament also stressed that the Houthis have become a symbol of the regional security threat and that any complacency will undermine the security of the world.

And the spokesman for the coalition forces, Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki, explained in a statement that the merchant ship “Rawabi” was hijacked and hijacked at 11:57 pm yesterday, Sunday, January 2, 2022, while sailing in front of Al Hudaydah Governorate.

He also added that the ship was in naval mission from the island of Socotra to the port of Jizan, carrying on board all the field equipment for the operation of the Saudi field hospital on the island after the end of its mission and the establishment of a hospital on the island.

carry medical equipment

He added that the cargo included ambulances, medical equipment, communications equipment and tents, as well as a field kitchen and field laundry, as well as technical support and safety accessories.

Interestingly, the Yemeni coalition and government, as well as the United States and other countries, have repeatedly warned of the militia’s threat to international transport in the Red Sea.

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