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S Korean Foreign Ministry Official Says Vessels Seized by Houthis Include 2 S Korean Ships - Report

© Photo : AFPShips are seen at Saleef port in the western Red Sea Hodeida province
Ships are seen at Saleef port in the western Red Sea Hodeida province - Sputnik International
Yemen's armed Houthi political opposition movement earlier captured three vessels in the Red Sea that were reportedly towing a drilling rig belonging to a South Korean company.
A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday, cited by Reuters, that two of the three seized vessels were South Korean.

According to another official, cited by Reuters, at least two South Korean nationals were on board one of the vessels seized by the Houthis in the southern end of the Red Sea.

Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Maliki said on Monday that the Houthis seized only one vessel in the Red Sea and that the exact number of people on board and their nationalities had not been clearly established.

Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, has been fighting the Houthi movement for over four years. The conflict in Yemen has been described by the United Nations as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with nearly 80 percent of the 24 million population of the nation currently in need of aid and protection.

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