Thursday, June 30, 2005

UN Tsunami aid ship hijacked

NAIROBI - A United Nations-chartered vessel carrying aid for Somali tsunami victims has been hijacked off the coast of Somalia amid a flurry of new piracy warnings for the area, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said.

The freighter hauling 850 tons of Japanese and German food aid was seized by unidentified pirates on Monday between Haradhere and Hobyo, about 300km north-east of Mogadishu, WFP said.

"It is against international humanitarian law to hinder the passage of humanitarian assistance and there is no justification for hijacking," it said.


I guess the pirates didn't get that memo.

And since when do pirates follow international humanitarian law?