The owner of the Galaxy Leader commercial ship claimed this week that the crew members, who were taken prisoner by the Houthis in Yemen, who are supported by Iran, had been granted “modest contact” with their families as several nations work to secure their release, Reuters highlights.
ommandos with the group boarded the Bahamas-flagged auto carrier at sea on November 19, and it was transported to the port of Hodeidah in the Houthi-controlled north of Yemen.
The vessel’s crew is made up of nationals from Bulgaria, Ukraine, the Philippines, Mexico and Romania, Galaxy Maritime said. The vessel is chartered by Japan’s Nippon Yusen.
The safety and welfare of the crew members remains the priority of both owners and managers and the modest contact that has been allowed with crew members and their families suggests that the seafarers are being treated as well as can be expected in the circumstances.
…Isle of Man registered owner Galaxy Maritime Ltd, said in a statement on Monday.
Furthermore, since the conflict between Israel and the terrorist Palestinian organisation Hamas began on October 7, the United States has held the Houthis accountable for a number of strikes in Middle Eastern seas.On Sunday, there were three attacks on boats in the Red Sea region.
The UN maritime agency’s top governing council convened on Monday and the US, Bahamas, and Japan demanded the crew and ship Galaxy Leader’s unconditional release.