Hijacking Off The Coast of Yemen’s Kamaran Island; Crew Kidnapped

November 20 UPDATE: Houthi rebels released all three vessels and 16 crew seized in the below-described incident.


November 17: A Saudi-flagged tugboat, the RABIGH 3, was towing a South Korean drilling rig when it was attacked by an armed group off the coast of Yemen’s Kamaran Island. The island is directly across from Eritrea and north of Djibouti on the southern end of the Red Sea. The rig and an unspecified number of crew have been taken hostage.

Saudi Arabian officials claim that Houthi rebels are responsible for the hijacking, and a Houthi spokesman has confirmed to international media outlet Al Jazeera that the crew members are safe and well and will be released after “completing legal procedures.”

Source: Africa Times & Al Jazeera

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