MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 30 (UPI) -- Pirates hijacked a Panamanian-flagged ship off the Yemeni coast and were sailing it toward Somalia, authorities said.
The MV Iceberg1, owned by Iceberg International Ltd., was hijacked Monday about 10 miles off the port of Aden, Yemen, with 24 crew members aboard, allAfrica.com reported Tuesday.
The 4,500-ton ship was carrying mechanical equipment to Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates, Ocean Shield, NATO's counter-piracy operation, said in a statement.
In Somalia, a group of Hawiye traditional elders called for the pirates to release at least nine boats and ships seized recently, Shabelle Media Network reported.
The vessels, which belonged to Somali businessmen sailing to Mogadishu, should be released immediately and without conditions, said Ahmed Derie Ali, a spokesman for the elders.