Three Turkish sailors were among the 26-crew members who were aboard the British–flagged tanker that was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, Turkish officials confirmed on Tuesday. The semi-official Anatolia news agency was quoted saying that the 8000-ton St James Park was en route to Spain from Thailand. Officials say that an Israeli company operates the flagged ship but the pirates have not made any demands yet to the Israeli Company for a ransom.
The Gulf of Aden, off the northern coast of Somalia, has the highest risk of piracy in the world. About 25,000 ships use the channel south of Yemen, between the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea. Piracy has become a serious problem in the Gulf of Aden and the International Community is stepping up efforts to deal with the sudden surge as recently shown by the Chinese government when it expressed its intentions to establish a naval base in the area.
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