Houthi rebels release 16 seafarers after ‘hijackings’

South Korea says two of its citizens among those freed by Yemeni group.

Houthi rebels in Yemen have released 16 seafarers seized during the hijacking of two vessels and a rig in the Red Sea this week.

South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday two of its citizens were among those detained by the Houthis for allegedly violating their territorial waters, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Two of the vessels were South Korean – a tug and a Woongjin Development rig that it was towing. The third was a Saudi Arabian tug, the 375-dwt Rabigh 3 (built 1987).

South Korea said all the ships had been released.

They are heading to Jizan in Saudi Arabia, where they will arrive on Friday.

The Houthis had earlier said they were willing to release them once they confirmed they were not related to the “countries of aggression,” which include Saudi Arabia.

Source: TradeWinds