Posted on November 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
According to a Houthi military source, the Yemeni rebels have released the three vessels, and 16 seafarers they had seized earlier in the week.
The release of the seized vessels, which occurred during Tuesday the 19th of November at approximately 1840 hours, has been confirmed by South Korea’s Foreign Ministry.
According to the ministry’s statement, of the three vessels seized, two were registered under South Korea, while the third was flying under a Saudi Arabia-flag.
“The results come from cooperation with U.S. and allies, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and the U.A.E.’s efforts. The Government will proceed with activities to prevent similar incidents from taking place,” reads the statement from the South Korean Foreign Ministry.
The two South Korean-flagged vessels in question are the Tug WOONGJIN T-1100, and the Sand Dredger WOONGJIN G-16.
The third vessel is the Saudi Arabian-flagged Rabigh 3, which is shown as being registered under the Saudi Arabian petrochemicals company, PetroRabigh.
According to a statement by the Saudi-led coalition, the Rabigh 3 has also been released back into the custody of its Saudi owners.
“The three ships were released after the necessary legal measures,” reads the statement by the Houthi military source to Reuters.
An investigation by the Houthi rebels revealed that the three vessels had entered Yemeni territorial waters due to adverse weather conditions present in the area. The Houthi coast guard then proceeded to detain the ships, as they had entered the region without permission.
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