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US says ship sunk after Houthi attack contained 21,000 tons of highly toxic fertilizer

U.S assured this Sunday that the British and British-flagged ship BelizeRubymar”, which ended up sinking yesterday in the Red Sea after being attacked by Shiite rebels Houthis two weeks ago, it transported 21 thousand tons of chemical fertilizer ammonium sulfate.

He United States Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement that the highly toxic sunken fertilizer represents “an environmental risk in Red Sea. When sinking, the ship also poses a risk of impact to other ships transiting the busy shipping lanes of the navigable waterway.”.

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U.Swho leads the naval coalition in the Red Sea to safeguard international trade in this maritime route, accused the Houthis supported by Will of being a threat.”increasing to global maritime activities”.

Yesterday, the internationally recognized Government of Yemenfacing the Houthis, indicated that this sinking represents “an unprecedented environmental catastrophe”.

The ship sank completely due to weather conditions at sea and strong winds, according to the Government of Yemen, which attributed the disaster to the lack of response from the international community to help the Executive refloat the ship and empty its cargo.

Houthi rebels have attacked fifty ships since last November, causing damage of varying severity, but the “Rubymar”It is the first ship to sink as a result of an insurgent operation.

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According to the Yemeni authorities, the ship was managed by Syrian nationals and its crew was made up of 24 people, eleven 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 off 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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