Two South Koreans and 14 other nationals are being held by Houthi rebels after three vessels they were aboard were seized off the coast of Yemen. While South Korean anti-piracy forces are on their way to the scene, Houthi leaders said they will release the South Koreans and the vessels if they receive confirmation of their nationality.
Kim Bum-soo has more.
According to the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, South Korean and Saudi tugboats were hijacked by armed assailants while towing a dredger off the coast of Yemen’s Kamaran Island on Sunday local time.
A total of 16 people, including the two Koreans, were aboard the vessels, which are now being detained at the port of Salif in Yemen’s Al Hudaydah Governorate.
The tugboats were transporting the South Korean barge from Saudi Arabia to Somalia. The rebel group claims the vessels trespassed into its territorial waters.