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A ship attacked by the Houthis sinks in the Red Sea “due to meteorological factors”

The bouquet Rubymarloaded with thousands of tons of fertilizers, it sank in the Red Sea after suffering an attack in mid-February by rebels Houthis of YemenThe internationally recognized Yemeni government reported this Saturday.

The ship, British-owned and flying the flag of Belizesank on Friday night due to “meteorological factors and strong winds“, said the crisis cell managing the ship’s sinking in a statement reproduced by the official Yemeni news agency Saba.

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According to the note, the wreck “will cause an environmental disaster in the territorial waters of Yemen and the Red Sea“, regretting at the same time as the international community”did not respond to the Government’s appeals to avoid the disaster” after the ship was abandoned and half-sunk for nearly two weeks.

Faced with this threat, the crisis cell indicated that it is studying “next steps and determine the best ways to deal with the repercussions and address the resulting environmental disaster”of the attack Houthisperpetrated on February 19th in the gulf of adenthe gateway to the Red Sea.

Since then, the Government of Yemen has asked all countries, organizations and itself to UN to quickly face the crisis Rubymarwho was trapped with a load of “large amounts of ammonia and oils“, to avoid “the leakage of these hazardous materials into marine waters”.

He United States Central Command (CENTCOM) then indicated that the ship was transporting more than 41 thousand tons of fertilizers when it was attacked, while the Yemeni Executive stated that it was transporting around 22 thousand tons of highly toxic ammonium phosphate.

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According to Yemeni authorities, the ship was managed by Syrian nationals and its crew was made up of 24 people: 11 Syrians, six Egyptians, three Indians and four Filipinos, who were evacuated to Djibouti.

The Yemeni waters of the Red Sea were on the verge of suffering another environmental catastrophe after the ship broke down Safer FOEstranded on the coast of Yemen since 1988 and whose operations to transfer the more than 1.14 million barrels of oil it contained were successfully completed in mid-August 2023.

Source: Elcomercio

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