Attack on civilian ship is in clear violation of int'l charters and threatens freedom of navigation: UAE Foreign Ministry

ABU DHABI, 4th October, 2016 (WAM) — The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has stressed that the civilian ship (Swift) which was targeted by the Houthi and Saleh militias off the coast of Mocha, Yemen, was carrying assistance, wounded Yemenis and passengers.
In a statement issued today, the ministry said that the ship, which is unarmed and has no military protection, is passing through the Bab al Mandab Strait like any other civilian and commercial ships. It has been conducting routine trips to Aden for one year and that all its crew members are civilians.
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