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Ship previously attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels sinks in Red Sea

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NEW DELHI: A ship targeted by Yemen’s Houthi rebels sank in the Red Sea after sustaining damage for several days. This is the first case of complete destruction of a ship as part of the Houthi campaign linked to the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Middle East. Gaza stripaccording to officials.
THE Rubymarhaving been targeted on February 18 in the strategically important region Strait of Bab el-Mandeb connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, drifted north.
The ship’s sinking was confirmed by Yemen’s internationally recognized government and a regional military official. The official, who preferred to remain anonymous, shared the information because its public disclosure had not yet been authorized.
The director of the Beirut-based Rubymar could not be reached for immediate comment.
The Yemeni government in exile, supported by a Saudi-led coalition since 2015, announced that the Rubymar sank Friday evening due to adverse weather conditions in the Red Sea. After the attack, the ship remained abandoned for 12 days, with initial plans to tow it to a safe port.
The Iranian-backed Houthis, who had claimed the ship sank almost immediately after the attack, did not immediately acknowledge the ship’s actual sinking.



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