Militants Release Video of Airborne Assault on Israeli-Linked Ship


Yemen’s Houthi rebels released footage on Monday of a raid some of their ranks perpetrated on an Israeli-linked cargo ship over the weekend.

The Iran-backed Houthis said they hijacked the Galaxy Leader over its connection to Israel and took over two dozen crew members hostage.

“The group warned that it would continue to target ships in international waters that were linked to or owned by Israelis until the end of Israel’s campaign against Gaza’s Hamas rulers,” according to The Associated Press.

“All ships belonging to the Israeli enemy or that deal with it will become legitimate targets,” the Houthis said.

The Galaxy Leader is a Bahamian-flagged vehicle-carrying ship that is affiliated with an Israeli billionaire.

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The 25-member crew was made up of a variety of nationalities including  Bulgarian, Filipino, Mexican and Ukrainian, but no Israelis had been on board, the AP said.

Video of the raid showed a helicopter landing on the ship’s top deck.

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A half dozen militants streamed out of the helicopter and swarmed the ship’s bridge appearing to take crew members hostage.

Later a Houthi militant is inside the ship’s empty cargo hold shouting “For the sake of Gaza” in Arabic, and “Allahu Akbar!” which translates to, “God is most great!”

Israeli officials said the Galaxy Leader is British-owned and Japanese-operated.

“However, ownership details in public shipping databases associated the ship’s owners with Ray Car Carriers, which was founded by Abraham ‘Rami’ Ungar, who is known as one of the richest men in Israel,” the AP reported.

Ungar told the news service he was aware of the raid, but could not comment as he awaited further details.

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The ship was on its way to Pipavav, India, from Turkey when the Houthis intercepted in the Red Sea southwest of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Sunday afternoon.

The United States has stationed multiple warships in the Red Sea following the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war on Oct. 7.

The U.S. Navy has shot down multiple drones and cruise missiles, reportedly originating in Yemen.

The Houthis flew Palestinian flags on the ship as they took it to an unknown location.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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