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Houthi rebels

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Source: LM

 Context: The Houthi rebels hijacked the India-bound cargo ship Galaxy Leader in the Red Sea, claiming it was Israeli.

  • However, the Israeli government denied the claim, stating the ship is owned by a British company and operated by a Japanese firm.
  • The incident marks an escalation in the Houthi threat against global maritime shipping, following their earlier failed missile attacks targeting Israel.

 

Houthi rebels are a Shiite Muslim insurgent group based in Yemen. The Houthis take their name from their founding leader, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi. They adhere to a branch of Shia Islam known as Zaidism