TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) — Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani on Monday rejected Israel’s allegation that his nation was concerned within the seizure of a cargo ship within the Red Sea by Yemen’s Houthi forces.
He made the remarks at a weekly press convention within the Iranian capital Tehran, whereas responding to the accusations in opposition to Iran by the workplace of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who blamed Iran for the assault on the cargo ship Sunday.
Kanaani described Israel’s accusations as “invalid,” stressing that Iran had reiterated that resistance forces within the area have been the representatives of their very own nations and peoples, and determined and acted primarily based on their nations’ pursuits.
He added Israel’s allegations have been “projection in an attempt to escape the complicated situation” it was dealing with.
Houthi navy spokesman Yehya Sarea introduced in an announcement aired by the group’s al-Masirah TV on Sunday “the implementation of a military operation in the Red Sea,” and that “the results of which included the seizure of an Israeli ship.”
The spokesman reiterated that the group would proceed to hold out navy operations in opposition to Israel till “its aggression against the Gaza Strip stops.”
In its assertion on Sunday, Netanyahu’s workplace mentioned the ship, “owned by a British company and operated by a Japanese firm, was hijacked with Iran guidance” by the Houthis.
There have been no Israelis among the many 25 crew members who have been on board the ship, together with Filipinos, Mexicans, Ukrainians, and Bulgarians.
The group proprietor of the ship, referred to as Galaxy Leader, was listed as “Ray Car Carriers, whose parent company belongs to Abraham Rami Ungar, an Israeli businessman,” Israeli media the Times of Israel quoted Maritime safety firm Ambrey as saying.
Israel has been finishing up assaults on Gaza over the previous weeks to retaliate in opposition to the Hamas assaults on southern Israel on Oct. 7. The battle has to date led to the deaths of over 13,000 Palestinians in Gaza, whereas on the Israeli facet, about 1,200 individuals have misplaced their lives, the vast majority of whom have been killed within the Hamas assaults.