GCC nations, Arab League condemn attack on Emirati civilian ship

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the Arab League have condemned the Houthi militia for targeting the Emirati civilian ship 'Swift' on Sunday.

The vessel was on a routine voyage to deliver humanitarian aid to Yemen and evacuate the wounded and injured civilians, in order to complete their treatment in the UAE.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Secretary General of the GCC Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani said that the GCC members consider the attack as an act of terrorism that jeopardises international navigation in Bab al-Mandab, exposing it to grave risk.

He added this move runs contrary to international navigation laws and to regional and international efforts being made to send relief aid to the Republic of Yemen, in order to alleviate the suffering of the brotherly people of Yemen.

Ahmed Abul Ghait, Secretary General of the Arab League, described the attack as "unacceptable and violating international laws."

Mahmoud Afifi, the Arab League's Spokesman, said in a statement that the attack by this militia gave a serious indication of threats facing civilian and commercial ships crossing one of the world's most vital waterways.

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