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Footage released of Yemen’s Houthi rebels seizing cargo ship in Red Sea

Yemen’s Houthis rebels have released a video showing armed men seizing a cargo ship in the southern Red Sea.

The video from Yemeni Military Media shows at least seven masked men, carrying what appears to be AK-47s, drop from a helicopter and land on the top deck of the ship.

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The video purportedly shows the rebels successfully seizing control of the vessel, and appear to have raised both the Yemeni and Palestinian flags on board.

A group of armed Houthi rebels enter a room on the Galaxy Leader.
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A group of armed Houthi rebels enter a room on the Galaxy Leader.

A group of armed Houthi rebels on the top deck of the Galaxy Leader.
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At least seven gunmen landed on top of the vessel via helicopter

Aerial view of the Galaxy Leader from a helicopter. The flags of Palestine and Yemen are visible.
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Aerial view of the Galaxy Leader from a helicopter. The flags of Palestine and Yemen are visible

The footage was released by the movement’s TV channel Al Masirah on Monday.

The ship was hijacked on Sunday by the Iran-backed group, who said the ship was linked to Israel.

Israel claimed that the seized ship was instead British-owned and Japanese-operated.

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