The Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announced today, Monday, that a cargo ship was hacked and robbed by the Houthi militia off the city of Hodeidah.
The spokesman for the coalition forces, Brigadier General Turki Al-Malki, said in a statement that the cargo ship (Rawabi), which carries the UAE flag, was hijacked and hijacked at 2357 pm yesterday, Sunday (January 02, 2022 AD) while it was sailing opposite Al Hudaydah Governorate.
He also added that the ship was on a naval mission from Socotra Island to the port of Jizan, carrying on board all the field equipment for operating the Saudi field hospital on the island after the end of its mission and the establishment of a hospital on the island.
He added that the cargo included ambulances, medical equipment, communications equipment, and tents, in addition to a field kitchen and field laundry, as well as technical and security support accessories.
Al-Maliki stressed that the piracy operation represents a real threat to the terrorist Houthi militia’s threat to the freedom of maritime navigation and global trade in the Bab al-Mandab strait and the southern Red Sea.
He also stressed that the militias bear full responsibility as a result of their criminal act of piracy of the ship and violation of the principles of international humanitarian law, the San Remo Guide on International Law in Armed Conflicts at Sea and the United Nations Conventions on the Sea.
He concluded, “The militias must immediately release the ship, otherwise the coalition forces will take all necessary measures and measures to deal with this violation, including the use of force when necessary.”
It is noteworthy that the British Maritime Trade Operations Authority had announced earlier today that it had received news of an attack on a ship near the Yemeni port of Ras Issa, and that investigations are underway to find out the details.
The British Authority, part of the British Royal Navy, has also advised sailors to exercise extreme caution in the area.