G7 urges Yemeni rebels to release crew and return seized cargo ship Galaxy

The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven richest liberal democracies (G7) today called on Houthi rebels in Yemen to "immediately stop" threats to maritime traffic and to release the crew of the cargo ship Galaxy Leader, which they seized in the Red Sea ten days ago. .

- We call on all parties not to endanger or hinder the legal exercise of the rights and freedoms of navigation of all ships, the announcement of the G7 ministers states.

The group called on the Yemeni rebels to "immediately end attacks on civilians and threats to international shipping lanes and commercial vessels and to release the ship, which they illegally seized in international waters on November 19, and its crew."

The Houthis, allies of Iran, seized the merchant ship with 25 crew members in retaliation for Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza.

The ship Galaxy Leader is operated by a Japanese company but belongs to a British company that is itself owned by an Israeli businessman.

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