Houthi Extremists Hijack Israeli Linked Ship in the Red Sea via Helicopter Assault: Another Iranian ‘Weaponized’ Shia Group in Play C/O Futures Terrorism Research Note Series Robert J. Bunker and Pamela Ligouri Bunker 1 December 2023
On 19 November 2023, Houthi extremists deployed a ‘team of commandos’ who engaged in a helicopter assault in the hijacking of the commercial ship Galaxy Leader in the Red Sea. The quick operation secured the vessel which, along with its crew, was then escorted by armed Houthi speed boats to the Yemenis port of Hodeidah. The Houthis effectively declared war on Israel on 31 October in a widening of the Israeli-HAMAS war initiated by HAMAS via its 7 October massacre and mass hostage taking launched from GAZA. The Houthis, who are allied to Hezbollah and Iran, are now launching drones and ballistic and cruise missiles at Israel and are increasingly targeting Israeli linked merchant vessels in coastal areas where the Houthis have an air and naval presence.