UN mission says it spoke to crew members from Emirati vessel seized by Houthis

A United Nations mission has spoken to the crew members of UAE -flagged landing craft  Rwabee (IMO 9834351),which was seized by Houthi rebels off the port of Hodeidah in Yemen. The vessel has seven Indian nationality crew on board.

“As part of its routine weekly patrol, UNMHA visited As-Salif port and neighbouring areas this afternoon. The patrol team saw the Rwabee vessel from a distance and spoke to its crew members,” the UN Mission to support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) said in a tweet on Wednesday January 12th.

India has called for the immediate release of the seven Indian crew members on board the United Arab Emirates-flagged cargo vessel Rwabee that was seized by Houthis off the port of Hodeidah in Yemen earlier this month.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, TS Tirumurti, said at a UN Security Council meeting on Yemen on January 13th that his country was gravely concerned over the seizure and detention of the vessel. He called for the immediate release of seven Indian crew members.

The External Affairs Ministry said on January 11th that all seven Indian sailors onboard the vessel were safe. The Ministry said that India had been closely monitoring developments following the seizure of the vessel on January 2nd. The ship was heading to the Saudi port of Jizan, just north of Yemen, from the Yemeni Red Sea island of Socotra when it was attacked just before midnight on Sunday January 2nd, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

The Houthi rebels responded by accusing the Saudis in hostile acts, and said it was an Emirati military cargo ship, carrying military equipment, and illegally entering Yemeni waters. The Saudis had claimed that it was carrying medical equipment.

The Houthis’ military spokesman later said that the crew, “of different nationalities,” was still on board.

2021-built, UAE-flagged, 1,304 gt Rwabee is owned and managed by Liwa Marine Services LLC of Abu Dhabi, UAE. ISM manager is Khalid Faraj Marine Shipping of Abu Dhabi, UAE. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Khalid Faraj Marine Shipping.