The UAE welcomes the Security Council’s condemnation of the Houthi hijacking...

The United Arab Emirates welcomed the press statement issued by the Security Council on Yemen, which condemned the Houthi detention of the “Al Rawabi” ship, which is flying the UAE flag, as well as their demand for the immediate release of the ship and its crew. The state valued the council’s emphasis on the importance of freedom of navigation in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

The UN Security Council had renewed its condemnation of the attacks on ships near Yemen, stressing in a draft statement the importance of preserving freedom of navigation. The Security Council condemned the Houthis’ detention of the Emirati ship “Rawabi”, and demanded the Houthis to release the ship and its crew.

And on Monday, the representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, reported that the Rawabi ship, which was kidnapped by the Houthi militia, was carrying medical aid, noting that it was carrying equipment for the field hospital on Socotra Island.

The representative of the Emirates said that the crew of the Rawabi ship includes 11 people of different nationalities, calling for the immediate release of the ship and its crew.

In a letter from the UAE government to the Security Council, the UAE delegate said that the hijacking of the “Rawabi” ship is not the first incident of the Houthis in the Red Sea, as Houthi militias have intercepted and detained at least 3 commercial ships before. She added that the Houthi militia targeted 13 commercial ships with booby-trapped boats and mines, stressing that Houthi piracy contradicts international law. The UAE delegate emphasized that Houthi piracy raises real concerns for the freedom and security of navigation and international trade in the Red Sea.

On January 3, the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announced that a cargo ship had been hacked and robbed by the Houthi militia off the Yemeni city of Hodeidah.

The spokesman for the coalition forces, Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki, said in a statement that the ship was hijacked and hijacked at 23:57 pm on Sunday (2 January 2022) while it was sailing opposite Al Hudaydah Governorate. He 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.

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