WFP ship released by Saudis

Ship was carrying humanitarian supplies to Yemen for the World Food Programme.

Irish ship held by Arab coalition forces released

Lorna Siggins

An Irish-owned ship which was detained by Arab coalition forces on suspicion of arms smuggling in the Gulf of Aden has been released.

The 54m MV Mainport Cedar was carrying humanitarian supplies from Djibouti to Yemen for the World Food Programme (WFP) when it was apprehended almost a fortnight ago.

Ship owners, Mainport of Cork, confirmed that the ship with 13 crew on board was diverted to the Saudi Arabian port of Jizan on February 12th, where it was held until early this week.

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