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US Military Holds Houthi Rebels Responsible for Red Sea Ship Attack

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The United States military has officially attributed the recent attack on a British-owned cargo vessel in the Red Sea to Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The incident occurred on February 18 when the Rubymar, a cargo vessel registered in Britain and operated by a Lebanese company, was navigating the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.

The Attack of Houthi Rebels and Environmental Concerns

The Houthi rebels targeted the Rubymar with a missile, causing significant damage to the vessel. The crew had to abandon the ship, which was carrying over 41,000 tons of fertilizer. The attack resulted in an 18-mile oil slick, raising concerns about the potential environmental impact in the Red Sea. Satellite images provided by Planet Labs PBC confirmed that the distressed vessel was releasing oil into the sea.

The US Central Command expressed its concern about the Houthi rebels’ actions, emphasizing that the cargo of the ship “could spill into the Red Sea and worsen this environmental disaster.” The Houthis’ indiscriminate attacks threaten not only shipping routes but also the fishing industry, coastal communities, and food supplies.

US Military Response

In response to the ongoing attacks on shipping routes in the Red Sea, the United States military successfully destroyed seven mobile anti-ship cruise missiles that the Houthi rebels were preparing to launch toward targets in the region. These preemptive actions aim to safeguard vital maritime routes and prevent further disruptions to trade between Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

Escalating Tensions

The Houthi rebels claim that their attacks are in response to Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip. However, their targeting of vessels with no clear connection to Israel has raised international concerns. The Red Sea remains a critical waterway for global commerce, and any disruption poses risks to regional stability and environmental well-being.

As tensions escalate, the international community closely monitors developments in the Red Sea, hoping for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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