The Iran-flagged Iran Shahed cargo ship set sail on Monday and could be intercepted by Saudi-led coalition forces, which are blockading Yemen as part of a military campaign against Al Houthis.
Hodeida is on the Red Sea, but the ships will have to enter the Gulf of Aden to get there. They could be intercepted there or in the narrows between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. It will probably take them a couple days to get there.
The US State Department said the US is closely tracking an Iranian ship heading to Yemen, and urged "restraint".
A five-day ceasefire in Yemen’s civil war is set to take effect at 11pm (2000 GMT) to allow food and medicine into the blockaded country, which aid groups warn faces a humanitarian catastrophe.
The Saudi-led coalition has accused Iran of arming Al Houthis and routinely intercepts cargoes bound for Yemen. Last month, coalition jets bombed the runway at Sana’a airport to prevent an Iranian cargo plane from landing.
Tehran says it is sending only humanitarian aid to Yemen. Tehran lies incessantly!
Iran’s Fars news agency reported separately that seven activists from the United States and Europe, including from Germany, were on board the ship.
The vessel’s Tehran-based owner Valfajr Shipping, which was listed on shipping databases, could not be immediately reached for comment.