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Israeli security guards thwart hijack attempt by Somali pirates


Pirates in Red Sea make two attempts to get close to cargo ship traveling to Israel before retreating

An attempt by Somali pirates to hijack a cargo ship en-route to Israel on Tuesday was thwarted by armed Israeli security guards who were on board.

The ZIM shipping company ship, which set sail from southeastern Asia a few days earlier, was carrying trade items destined for Israel when Somali pirates began to sail close to it near the entrance to the Red Sea, at the Strait of Bab el Mandeb, Ynet news reported.

The pirates began to sail close to the walls of the ship and when they noticed the armed Israeli security guards on board, they retreated and called for reinforcements.

After the pirate ships made a second attempt to get closer to the vessel, the Israeli security guards threatened to use their weapons.

At this point the pirates decided to retreat and no weapons were used, according to the report.

The Israeli Ministry of Transport commended the Israeli security guards for thwarting the attempted takeover of the ship.

Source : Yedioth Ahronoth, Ynetnews


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