Nov 21, 2023 08:42 UTC

Yemen's Armed Forces have released a video showing their earlier capture of an Israeli ship during a recent operation in the Red Sea in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip who are under Israel's genocidal war.

Yemeni forces released the footage on Monday, a day after seizing the vessel, which was traveling under the name of Galaxy Leader.

The video shows the country's forces dropping from a military helicopter onto the deck of the Israeli ship "following a monitoring and control operation."

It also shows the forces raising Yemeni and Palestinian flags on the deck of the vessel after bringing it under their full control and redirecting it toward the Yemeni coast.

Reporting the operation on Sunday, Lebanon's Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network said it followed earlier warnings by Yemen's Ansarullah resistance movement that it would target any Israeli ship crossing the country’s territorial waters. 

The report added that 52 crew members who were on board the ship were arrested.

Before the operation was carried out, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces, had announced that the country's military units would target all ships owned or operated by Israeli companies or carrying the Israeli flag in support of the people of Gaza amid the regime's savage onslaught against the besieged territory.

Saree also called on all countries to withdraw their citizens working as crew members on any such vessels.

Speaking in an interview with al-Mayadeen, the information minister of Yemen's National Salvation Government stressed that all Israeli ships passing through the Red Sea are “legitimate targets” as Sana’a intensifies its operations against Israel in retaliation for its brutal aggression on Gaza.

“We are dealing with a criminal enemy and it’s impossible for anyone who sees the massacres and the genocide [committed against Palestinians] to be neutral. So we will target anything that belongs to that enemy,” Deifullah al-Shami said, stressing that Sana’a has “information on all Israeli ships that pass through the Red Sea.”

Since October 7, when the Israeli regime started its war of aggression on the Gaza Strip, Yemen's Armed Forces have conducted several operations against the occupied territories, pledging to keep up their strikes as long as the regime continues its ongoing war on the territory.