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In the Red Sea, a ship sank due to damage suffered in a Houthi attack in February

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In the Red Sea, a ship sank due to damage suffered in a Houthi attack in February

A ship hit on February 18 by an attack by the Houthis, the Shiite armed group that controls the north-west of Yemen and is responsible for several recent attacks in the Red Sea, sank on Friday. She is the first ship to sink since the Houthis began regularly targeting commercial ships transiting between the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, a very important route for global trade, months ago. The ship had been anchored in the Red Sea and abandoned by its crew after the attack nearly two weeks ago. In recent days, a fuel leak from the ship had created a trail of several kilometers and if its load of fertilizers were to disperse into the water it could cause an ecological disaster in the delicate ecosystem of the Red Sea.

The Rubymar was located about 65 kilometers south of the Yemeni port city of Mocha, had departed from Saudi Arabia and was headed towards Bulgaria. She had been hit by two missiles, according to reports said from maritime consultancy firm Lloyd’s List Intelligence.

In recent months the Houthis have struck dozens of vessels transiting the Red Sea, in what they have presented as retaliation for Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip, causing major problems in global trade. Following the attacks, several companies stopped operating in that stretch of sea, considered unsafe, and to move between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean they had to face much longer routes, with an increase in prices on many goods transported. Attacks against the Houthis carried out in retaliation by a military coalition led by the United States and the United Kingdom have not significantly reduced the Houthis’ capabilities to attack shipping.

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