Ansar Allah rebels who hijacked the cargo ship Galaxy Leader in the Red Sea have vowed to treat its non-Israeli crew members "according to the principles of Islam".
"Foreigners without Israeli citizenship will be treated as guests," Ansar Allah Politburo member Hussam al-Assad told the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.
"As for the crew, they are treated in accordance with Islamic principles and values. If they are not Israelis, then they will be treated as guests," Huzam al-Assad said.
Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the hijacked ship with Bulgarians on board, BGNES recalls.
It is a cargo ship leased by a British company to a Japanese company. According to other reports, the Bahamian-flagged vessel is registered to a British company that is partly owned by Israeli tycoon Abraham Rami Ungar. The vessel was chartered to a Japanese company at the time of the hijacking.
Among the crew on board a ship there are different nationalities - Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Filipinos and Mexicans, but not Israelis. /BGNES