One crew from Indonesia was also detained with the Rawabi ship by the Al-Hutiyun militia in Yemen

There is one crew from Indonesia in the Rawabi (Rwabee) ship with the United Arab Emirates flag detained by Al-Hutiyun militia at Hudaidah Port, Yemen.

Indonesian Ambassador Mohamad Irzan Djohan explained that the Indonesian citizen from Makassar, South Sulawesi, had the initials SHP. This man was born on February 25, 1986. He answered the vice-captain on the Rawabi ship.

“He just boarded the ship (Rawabi) in December after being unemployed for two years,” Irzan told Albalad.co via WhatsApp last night. “He has been employed since October 7, 2021 through an agency in the United Arab Emirates.”

Al-Hutiyun captured the Rawabi ship on January 2 in the waters of Hudaydah on the grounds that it was carrying Saudi Arabian military equipment to fight the Yemeni people. However, the Saudis said the ship on its way to Jazan, Saudi Arabia, was carrying equipment for a field hospital on Yemen’s Sokotra Island.

Irzan added that there were eleven crew members working on the Rawabi ship, namely seven people from India and one each from Indonesia, the Philippines, Ethiopia and Myanmar. “All crew members were transferred to the ground on Saturday, staying at a hotel in Sanaa (Yemeni’s capital),” he said.

He said that he received information about the condition of the SHP through his wife, and had spoken on the phone twice, namely the day after the ship was detained and last Saturday. He said SHP was in good health, safe and well treated.

According to Irzan, God willing, soon the Al-Hutiyun militia will release Irzan and the rest of the crew of the Rawabi ship. “There was no ransom request from Al-Hutiyun,” he said.

Al-Hutiyun is an Iran-backed Shiite militia that has been fighting with Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen since March 2015.

Rawabi, IMO number 9834351, was created last year and belongs to Liwa Marine Services LLC. This 1,304-ton ship has a length and width of 16 meters.

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