UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO)
Since the early hours of the morning, there have been reports of a ship being detained off the Yemeni coast, and there is still some ambiguity surrounding the incident, about which the Arab coalition and the Houthis exchanged accusations.
And the story began with the announcement by the British Maritime Trade Operations Authority that it had received Reports of an attack on a ship on Sunday evening About 23 nautical miles west of the Yemeni sea port of Ras Issa, without specifying the name of the ship or its affiliation.
Warning 001 / January / 2022
Time: Jan 02 2022 2150UTC
Description: UKMTO has received reports of an attack on an MV at Location 1513.0N 04212.0E (approximately 23 NM West of Ras Isa Marine Terminal). Investigations
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– UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) (UK_MTO) January 3, 2022
After the British announcement, the spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen, Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki, stated that the cargo ship with the call “Rawabi” and carrying the UAE flag was hacked and kidnapped at 23:57 pm on Sunday while it was sailing opposite the Hodeidah Governorate, a location close to that. set by the British Council.
Al-Maliki explained that the ship was carrying out a naval mission from the island of Socotra to the port of Jizan, carrying on board all field equipment (ambulance vehicles, medical equipment, communications equipment, tents, field kitchen, field laundry, technical and security support accessories) for the operation of the Saudi field hospital on the island. After the end of his mission and the establishment of the hospital there.
Immediately after that, the Houthis, whom the coalition spokesman accused of “kidnapping” the Emirati ship, said that they had seized an “Emirati military cargo ship that was carrying military equipment and entered Yemeni waters without any license,” without mentioning the timing of the ship’s detention.
A spokesman for the Houthi armed forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said that the ship “was practicing hostile acts targeting the security and stability of the Yemeni people.”
All available evidence suggests that the Emirati ship held by the Houthis is the same ship that the British Navy spoke about, while no official British confirmation has been issued in this regard.
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