Arab Parliament Condemns Houthi Piracy

by: Maher Ghordlo

Cairo — The Arab Parliament condemned what it described as an “armed robbery” and “piracy” committed by the Houthi militia on a UAE cargo ship off the port of Hodeidah in Yemen. In its declaration, the Arab Parliament cautioned the Houthi militia’s threat to the sovereignty of marine navigation and international trade in the Strait of Bab al-Mandab and the Red Sea.

The Parliament referred to the attack as “a flagrant transgression on international law and measures and a risky consequence that jeopardizes the safety and security of marine navigation in a critical part of the world.”

According to Reuters, the Houthis’ military spokesman, Yahya Sarea, confirmed seizure of the vessel which he said was carrying military equipment and engaged in “hostile acts targeting the security and stability of the Yemeni people”. He added that the crew, “of different nationalities,” were still on board.