Japan ‘strongly condemns’ ship seizure by Yemen rebels

The Japanese government says it “strongly condemns” the seizure of a Japanese-operated ship in the Red Sea by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

“Yesterday we received information that car carrier Galaxy Leader, operated by Nippon Yusen, was seized by Houthis when it was navigating down southward in the Red Sea off Yemen… The government strongly condemns such an act,” government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno says.

Houthi rebels said they had seized an Israeli ship but Israel said it was British-owned and that no Israeli nationals were on board.

The Japanese transport ministry said around 25 people were on board including Bulgarians and Filipinos, but no Japanese.

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