Israeli newspaper hacked on anniversary of Iranian general's killing by U.S.

“The Houthi militia must clear the ship immediately, otherwise the coalition forces will take all necessary measures and procedures to counter this violation, including the use of force,” said Brig. General Turki al-Malki said in a statement.

A similar incident occurred in 2016 with the Emirati ship SWIFT-1, which was sailing back and forth in the Red Sea between an Emirati military base in Eritrea and Yemen. The ship was attacked by Houthi forces in 2016. The Emirati government claimed that SWIFT-1 was carrying humanitarian aid; UN experts later said of the claim that they were “not convinced of its accuracy”.

A spokesman for the Houthi military, Yahia Sarei, announced that rebel forces had confiscated an Emirates “military cargo ship” carrying equipment into Yemen’s territorial waters “without a license” in order to carry out “hostile acts” against the stability of Yemen . He said the rebels would later provide more details about the seizure.

An employee of the ship owner, Liwa Marine Services of Abu Dhabi, told The Associated Press that the Rwabee appeared to have been the target but said they had no further information and declined to comment. The employee did not say her name and hung up.

In the attack on the Jerusalem Post website, the image posted by the hackers showed an exploding target from a recent Iranian military exercise designed to look like the Shimon Peres Negev nuclear research center near the city of Dimona. The facility is already home to decades-old underground laboratories that reprocess the spent rods of the reactor in order to obtain weapons-grade plutonium for the Israeli atomic bomb program.

As part of its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Israel neither confirms nor denies possession of nuclear weapons.

In a tweet, the Post admitted it was the target of hackers.

“We are aware of the obvious hacking of our website, alongside a direct threat to Israel,” wrote the English language newspaper.

The newspaper later restored its website. It found that hackers who support Iran had targeted its homepage in 2020 “with an illustration of the burning Tel Aviv when then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was swimming” with a life jacket.

There was no immediate response from the Israeli government. The hack comes after Israel’s former head of military intelligence publicly admitted in late December that his country was involved in Soleimani’s assassination.

Iran did not immediately recognize the hack either. However, the country has intensified its memory of the killed General of the Revolutionary Guard in recent days. Funeral services for his death should take place on Monday.

As the leader of the Revolutionary Guard’s Quds or Jerusalem troops, Soleimani led all of their expeditionary forces and frequently shuttled between Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Members of the Quds Force are stationed in Syria’s long war to support President Bashar Assad and in Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, a longtime enemy of Tehran.

Soleimani became known for advising forces on behalf of the embattled Assad who are fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

US officials say Soleimani’s guards taught Iraqi militants how to make and use particularly lethal street bombs against US forces after the invasion of Iraq. Iran has denied that. To this day, many Iranians see Soleimani as a hero who fought Iran’s enemies abroad.

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