US warns of environmental disaster from cargo ship hit by Huthi rebels | World News

Feb24,2024



Washington: A cargo ship left in Gulf of Aden after the attack of yemeni rebels taking water and leaving huge water oil slickin one environmental disaster he us middle command Said that the situation may worsen on Friday.
Rubymar, a Belize-flagged, British-registered and Lebanese-operated cargo ship carrying combustible fertilizer, was damaged on Sunday missile attack Claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels,
The ship's operator Blue Fleet Group said its crew was evacuated to Djibouti after a missile hit the ship's side, causing water to enter the engine room and loosen its stern.
Blue Fleet CEO Roy Khoury told AFP that a second missile hit the ship's deck without causing major damage.
CentCom said the ship remained anchored but was slowly taking on water and had left an 18-mile oil slick.
“When the M/V Rubymar was attacked, it was carrying more than 41,000 tons of fertilizer, which could have spilled into the Red Sea and exacerbated this environmental disaster,” she said in a post on Twitter.
The ship's operator said Thursday the ship could be towed to Djibouti this week.
Khoury said the ship was still floating and shared a photo taken on Wednesday showing its bottom in the water.
Asked about the possibility of it sinking, Khouri said that “there is no danger right now, but the possibility is always there.”
The attack on Rubimar represents the most significant damage caused to a commercial ship since the Houthis began firing on ships in November – a campaign they say is in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza during the Israel-Hamas war. Is in.
The Houthi attacks have prompted some shipping companies to detour to southern Africa to avoid the Red Sea, which normally carries about 12 percent of global maritime trade.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development warned late last month that the volume of commercial traffic passing through the Suez Canal had fallen by more than 40 percent in the past two months.



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