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U.S. Navy frees tanker that was seized off coast of Yemen

U.S. Navy frees tanker that was seized off coast of Yemen Illustrative photo (Getty Images)

The U.S. Navy frees a tanker that was seized by armed men in the Gulf of Aden in the Middle East, according to Reuters.

A U.S. Navy warship responded to a distress call from the commercial tanker Central Park, which was carrying a cargo of phosphoric acid. The vessel was hijacked. Law enforcement has not yet identified the attackers.

A U.S. official said on condition of anonymity that the USS Mason responded to a distress call and freed the tanker. According to him, the tanker is now safe.

This follows the seizure of the Israeli-affiliated cargo ship Galaxy Leader by Yemeni Houthis, allies of Iran, in the southern Red Sea last week.

The vessel was carrying 25 crew members from Ukraine, Bulgaria, the Philippines, and Mexico, but there were no Israelis on board.

The war in Israel

On October 7, Hamas terrorists attacked Israel, killing and abducting civilians and soldiers. In response, Israel launched Operation Iron Swords against the terrorists.

On October 27, the IDF launched an offensive against the Gaza Strip. It became known that Hamas had lost control of the territory. The militants are fleeing to the south.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that the IDF has no plans to keep troops in the Gaza Strip after the war ends.