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Iran is working to release the crew of a ship it has detained

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced that the crew members of the detained ship, which flies the Portuguese flag and is linked to Israel, were able to communicate with their country’s consulates and are expected to be released, according to what local media reported.

Abdullahian told his Portuguese counterpart Paulo Rangel during a phone call, “His country is interested in the humanitarian issue of releasing the ship’s crew.”

He also added that the crew members would be handed over to their ambassadors in Tehran, but he did not set a date for their release.

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had previously announced that the detention of “Aris” was due to “violation of maritime laws,” and because it is undoubtedly linked to Israel.

MSC is chartering the ship Aris from Gortal Shipping, a subsidiary of Zodiac Maritime in which Israeli businessman Eyal Ofer has a stake.

It is also noteworthy that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized this container ship with a crew of 25 people on board in the Strait of Hormuz on April 13, days after Tehran vowed to respond to Israel’s attack on its consulate in Damascus, amid escalating tensions in the region since the outbreak of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip. Houthi attacks have increased in the Red Sea.

Since November 19, more than a month after the war in Gaza, the Houthis have targeted more than 100 ships in the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea, with drones and missiles, according to what the leader of the Yemeni group, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, announced, claiming that they were linked to Israel or headed to its ports.

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