Houthis Strike Israeli Tanker, Galaxy Leader

Update (0905 EST): The IDF has denied that Israeli citizens are onboard and has said “this is not an Israeli ship”. Houthi sources have confirmed that all persons onboard had their nationalities checked by “authorities”.

Update (0845 EST): Several sources are claiming that Houthi rebels also seized control of the vessel and have detained up to fifty-two people. The Israeli government has reportedly confirmed the attack, but claims there are no Israeli operators on board.

According to the Houthi Government, the Bahamas-flagged, Israeli owned tanker, Galaxy Leader, was struck by their missiles. The vessel was carrying 22 souls.

The vessel was in the Red Sea en route from Sudan to India carrying bulk goods.

The Houthi government is expected to make an official announcement within the hour. This is the first strike on an Israeli-flagged cargo vessel since the group vowed to carry out such a strike three weeks ago.

Galaxy Leader is currently homeported in Nassau, Bahamas and was built by STOCZNIA GDYNIA S.A. in GDYNIA, POLAND in 2002. She is operated by RAY CAR CARRIERS – DOUGLAS (ISLE OF MAN), United Kingdom (UK).

United States Military Academy and American Military University Alumni. Victor covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.


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