Houthi militia free G Muse ship after holding it hostage for 62 days

The port of the Yemeni city of Hodeida can be seen in this file photo on June 24, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 07 July 2018
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Houthi militia free G Muse ship after holding it hostage for 62 days

LONDON: The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi militia in Yemen announced on Saturday that the Houthis had freed the G Muse ship that it had been holding captive for the last 62 days at the port of Hodeidah.
The coalition added that there are currently four ships docked in the port of Hodeidah waiting to unload their cargo, while four others are waiting to enter the port.
The coalition also said that a ship is anchored in Salif port, while another is waiting to enter it.
The port of Hodeidah is Yemen’s main lifeline for the import of humanitarian aid, but it is also a conduit for smuggling weapons to the Iranian-backed Houthis, including components of missiles launched from northern Yemen and aimed at cities in Saudi Arabia.
UN envoy Martin Griffiths has been conducting shuttle diplomacy in search of a political solution that would avert an all-out military assault on the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah by the coalition.
Griffiths is expected to hold a meeting with Yemen’s President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi on Monday.


US President Donald Trump: Other countries should protect own Gulf shipping

Updated 34 min 19 sec ago
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US President Donald Trump: Other countries should protect own Gulf shipping

  • ‘So why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Monday that other countries, including China and Japan, should protect their own oil tankers in the Middle East.

“So why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries (many years) for zero compensation,” Trump said on Twitter. “All of these countries should be protecting their own ships on what has always been a dangerous journey.”

Trump made the comments amid an escalation in tensions with Iran, as Washington has blamed Tehran for attacks on two oil tankers, owned by Japan and Norway, in the Strait of Hormuz and the downing of a US drone off the coast of Iran. Both Washington and Tehran have said they do not want a war.

The United States is expected to unveil new sanctions against Iran on Monday, aimed at further restricting Tehran’s resources.

Trump’s remarks echo those he has made about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He has called for the alliance’s member nations to spend more on defense.