He commented on the situation with the hijacked ship with two Bulgarians on board and the attempts to negotiate with the kidnappers.
The Houthis seize ships belonging to Israeli businessmen or carrying Israeli citizens, but there were no Israelis in this case, and the hijackers announced they would treat the detainees as “guests,” the general said.
First time helicopter attack
The passage through the Red Sea is becoming more complicated, and from there is the route of a large part of international trade, Sabev said, and added that in the future an international military escort may be required. A helicopter is being used for the first time, in reality these are commandos, well armed, they also used speedboats, the general said.
At this stage, there is no way to attack that part of Yemen, which is controlled by the Houthis, and a diplomatic solution to the case will be sought, he explained. It is probably not a question of piracy, but of a political action in support of Hamas, Sabev said.
Stronger measures by the international community
If the situation worsens, the international community may take tougher measures.
Sabev also commented on Hamas’ statement that they are close to a truce agreement with Israel. He pointed out that Hamas is under pressure from the Israeli forces, they are looking for a relaxation option that will serve them to regroup, they will negotiate, they will try to blackmail.