Armed Israeli security guards thwarted an attempt by Somali pirates to a hijack a ship that was sailing to Israel this week. The incident occurred at the entrance to the Red Sea, at the Strait of Bab el Mandeb, on Tuesday.
Three armed pirate ships began to sail close to the cargo ship. When the pirates noticed the armed Israeli security guards onboard, they called for reinforcements.
Another pirate ship arrived and the pirates made a second attempt to sail close and board the ship, at which point the Israeli security guards threatened to use their weapons and the pirates retreated.
Today, hundreds of former IDF combat fighters secure foreign ships from the threat of pirates.