UKMTO Confirms Vessel Hijacking Reported Off Yemen Coast

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) has reported that “a vessel was boarded by unauthorized persons” off the coast of Yemen today.

This comes on week after Iran-backed Houthi rebels hijacked the Bahamian-flagged RoRo vessel “Galaxy Leader.” The Galaxy leader is owned by a British company with links to Israeli business tycoon Abraham Ungar, but was being leased out to a Japanese company at the time of the hijacking.

The Houthis have previously stated that “The Yemeni armed forces renew their warning to all ships belonging to the Israeli enemy or dealing with it that they will become a legitimate target for the armed forces.”