- 7 Indians sailing UAE ship Rawabi captured by Houthi rebels
- Iran-backed Houthi rebels operating in Yemen have captured Indian members
- Expressing deep concern over this incident, India has appealed to the United Nations for help.
Seven Indian crew members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ship Rawabi have been captured by Iran-backed Houthi rebels operating in Yemen. Expressing deep concern over this incident, India has appealed to the United Nations for help. Meanwhile, the United Nations has said that it has spoken to the crew members stationed on the Rhubarb. Houthi rebels say the ship was carrying deadly weapons and was captured from the Red Sea.
On the Indian crew being taken hostage, Indian Ambassador to the United Nations TS Trimurti said, “We appeal to the Houthi rebels to release the crew and the ship immediately.” At the same time, the Houthi rebels take the responsibility of ensuring their safety until the Indian crew is released. At the same time, the United Nations issued a statement on Wednesday saying that it has spoken to the crew of this UAE-based ship which is currently held by Houthi rebels.
Civil war has been going on in Yemen since 2011.
The United Nations said its members had seen patrols from a distance and spoke to its crew. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition has claimed that the ship was carrying medical supplies. It is being told that there are a total of 11 crew members on this ship, out of which 7 are Indians. The Indian envoy said that this incident could significantly increase the ongoing tension in the region. In addition, there could be an increased threat to shipping safety in this area.
India has said that it is in touch with the company operating this ship. This development has come at a time when the military operation by the Saudi coalition in Yemen has intensified. India also called for a complete ceasefire in Yemen. After this a political process should be started in which women should also be given an important role. There has been a civil war in Yemen since 2011. Houthi rebels say they have seized several weapons and armored vehicles on the ship. He has also released its videos. Houthi rebels are continuously carrying out drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia.