Agence France-Presse reported that aisraelowned by merchantsJapanThe ships operated by the company wereiranThe Japanese government said on the 20th that it was “directly contacting” the youth movement.
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said that in addition to dialogue with the youth movement, Japan is also communicating with the Israeli government and has requested Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran and other relevant countries to release the ship and those on board from the youth movement. Have called to urge to do. Board as soon as possible. Reports say there were about 25 people on board.
Kamikawa said Japan will continue to take necessary measures, cooperate with relevant countries and consider the situation. Earlier on the 20th, the Japanese government strongly condemned the hijacking of the Galaxy Leader, a ship operated by the Japanese company NYK Line.
Maritime security company Ambre said the ship is owned by car and trucking services company Ray Car Carriers, whose parent company is Israeli businessman Venga.
Youth movement spokesman Saari previously said that an Israeli ship was seized on the 19th, but Israel denied that the ship was owned by a British company and had previously been used by Turkey and India to transport the vehicles. Had left between. The 25 crew members included Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Filipinos and Mexicans, but no Israelis.
The ship was hijacked in the southern part of the Red Sea. On the 19th, Israel accused the incident of being an “Iranian terrorist act”, which affected international maritime security. However, Reuters reported that Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Kanani denied that Iran was involved in the incident.
The youth movement has recently demonstrated solidarity with the Palestinian armed group Hamas by launching long-range missiles and drones against Israel. Both Hamas and the youth movement are friendly to Iran.