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Yemenis congratulate Palestinians on Eid al-Fitr from deck of seized UK ship

Yemenis perform Eid al-Fitr prayers on the deck of seized Israeli-linked Galaxy Leader cargo ship in Hudaydah, Yemen, on April 10, 2024. (Photo by al-Mayadeen television news channel)

Yemenis have congratulated the Palestinian nation on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, while performing prayers on the deck of an Israeli-linked cargo ship they seized in a crucial Red Sea shipping route last November.

The worshippers, who had fasted for a month, took part in Eid prayers on Wednesday on the deck of the UK-owned Galaxy Leader cargo ship which Yemeni naval units captured on November 19 last year.

They extended their felicitations to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and war-town Gaza Strip on the festive event, which marks the conclusion of Ramadan – the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news channel reported.

“You (Palestinians) are not alone. The Yemeni nation stands by your side until [final] victory” over the occupying Tel Aviv regime, the worshippers pointed out.

Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world. It marks the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

The occasion falls on the first day of the 10th lunar calendar month of Shawwal, the start of which varies based on the sighting of the new moon by local religious authorities.

Eid al-Fitr has a particular Salat (Islamic prayer) which is generally offered in an open field or a large hall with congregation in attendance.

Houthi: Yemeni fighting full-fledged battle against Israel

Meanwhile, the leader of Yemen's Ansarullah resistance movement said his country is fighting a full-fledged war against the usurping Tel Aviv regime, and is conducting operations against Israeli-affiliated merchant vessels and Israeli interests in retaliation for the bloody onslaught against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Abdul-Malik al-Houthi made the remarks in a televised address on Tuesday night as he congratulated the Muslim Ummah, the Yemeni nation, Palestinians and resistance fighters on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

“Americans and British forces have attacked Yemen to support the Zionist regime's crimes against the Palestinian nation as well as the siege on Gaza,” Houthi noted.

Yemenis have voiced their open support for Palestine’s struggle against the Israeli occupation since the regime launched a devastating war on Gaza on October 7 after the territory’s Palestinian resistance movements carried out a surprise retaliatory attack, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, against the occupying entity.

Yemeni Armed Forces have said that they won’t stop their attacks until unrelenting Israeli ground and aerial offensives in Gaza, which have killed at least 33,360 people and wounded another 75,993 individuals, come to an end.

The attacks have forced some of the world’s biggest shipping and oil companies to suspend transit through one of the world’s most important maritime trade routes. Tankers are instead adding thousands of miles to international shipping routes by sailing around the continent of Africa rather than going through the Suez Canal.

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