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The Gulf Cooperation Council denounced the violent Houthi theft of a cargo ship flying the Emirates flag off the Yemeni port of Hodeidah on Monday.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Council also stated that the UAE will support any and all steps taken in response to the Houthi offensive.

Kuwait also condemned the Houthi militia’s hacking of a cargo ship carrying the UAE flag.

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the kidnapping of the ship by the Houthis was a criminal act that jeopardized world trade.

The Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen reported on Monday that the Houthi militia had hacked and stolen a cargo ship off the coast of Yemen’s Hodeidah.

Brigadier General Turki Al-Maliki, spokesperson for the coalition forces, stated in a statement that the cargo ship “Rawabi,” which bears the UAE flag, was hijacked at 23:57 p.m. on Sunday (January 2, 2022), while travelling opposite Al Hudaydah Governorate.

He stated that the ship was on a naval mission from Socotra Island to the port of Jizan, carrying on board all of the field equipment needed to operate the Saudi field hospital on the island once the operation ended and a hospital was established on the island.

He further stated that the cargo comprised ambulances, medical equipment, communications equipment, tents, a field kitchen and laundry, as well as technical and security support accessories.

Al-Maliki emphasized that the piracy process poses a genuine challenge to the terrorist Houthi militia’s menace to freedom of maritime passage and world trade in the Bab al-Mandab strait and the southern Red Sea.

He emphasized that the militias have full responsibility for the ship’s piracy and violations of international humanitarian law, the San Remo Guide on International Law in Armed Conflicts at Sea, and the UN Conventions on the Sea.

Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdul-Malik emphasized that the Houthi group’s kidnapping of the cargo ship is a “severe threat” to international navigation and a “flagrant breach” of international law.

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