According to state news agency SPA, spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Maliki described the attack as a criminal act by Iran-backed Houthi rebels launched from Hodeidah port to catch a commercial ship in international seas.
He went on to say that the “Rawabi” transports medical field equipment and supplies for the Saudi field hospital on Socotra Island.
Maliki cautioned the Houthis against breaking maritime regulations, calling their actions “terrorist acts” that jeopardize waterway security and directly harm marine traffic and global trade.
The UAE-flagged ship “Rawabi” was kidnapped on its route to the Saudi port of Jazan on Sunday.
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