A cargo ship bound for the Bulgarian port city of Varna faced an assault by Houthi militants while navigating the Bab el Mandeb Strait
Hostage Situation: Houthi Commander Told “Galaxy Leader” Sailors to Make Themselves at Home
The Yemeni Houthi rebels, who captured the Galaxy Leader cargo ship with Bulgarians on board in the Red Sea, have published new video footage from the ship.
In the short clip released on the X platform (Twitter), several men in uniform are seen, among them the commander of the Houthi fleet, speaking to the crew.
The men are in an enclosed space on the ship, standing and looking visibly calm.
The commander addresses them in English with the words:
"We consider all of the crew as Yemeni people. Anything you want, we will bring it. You can consider Yemen as your own country."
Commander of the Yemeni Navy to the crew of Israeli-owned cargo ship Galaxy Leader:— روني الدنماركي (@Aldanmarki) November 22, 2023
"We consider all of the crew as Yemeni people. Anything you want, we will bring it. You can consider Yemen as your own country." pic.twitter.com/KpzrNJEFXl
There are two Bulgarians on board the ship - the captain and the first assistant captain. According to unofficial information, there are also Romanians, Ukrainians, Filipinos and people of several other nationalities.
There is still no indication that negotiations have begun for the release of the hijacked vessel.
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