Yemen’s Houthi rebels will goal extra British ships following sinking of UK vessel | EUROtoday

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels have vowed to proceed focusing on British ships within the Gulf of Aden following the sinking of a UK-owned vessel yesterday.

The US navy confirmed on Saturday that the UK-owned vessel Rubymar had sunk after being struck by an anti-ship ballistic missile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthi militants on February 18.

The vessel had been deserted for 12 days after the assault, although plans had been made to attempt to tow the ship to a secure port earlier than its sinking.

It was the primary vessel to be totally destroyed as a part of the Houthis’ marketing campaign in response to Israel’s battle towards Hamas within the Gaza Strip.

“Yemen will continue to sink more British ships, and any repercussions or other damages will be added to Britain’s bill,” Hussein al-Ezzi, deputy international minister within the Houthi-led authorities, mentioned in a publish on X.

“It is a rogue state that attacks Yemen and partners with America in sponsoring ongoing crimes against civilians in Gaza.”

The Rubymar had been deserted for 12 days after the assault earlier than its sinking.


Houthi militants have repeatedly launched drones and missiles towards worldwide business transport since mid November, saying they’re performing in solidarity with Palestinians towards Israel’s navy actions in Gaza.

Their Red Sea assaults have disrupted world transport, forcing companies to re-route to longer and costlier journeys round southern Africa, and stoked fears that the Israel-Hamas battle may unfold to destabilise the broader Middle East.

The US and Britain started hanging Houthi targets in Yemen in January in retaliation for the assaults on Red Sea transport.

The sinking of the Rubymar comes as transport by the essential waterway for cargo and power shipments shifting from Asia and the Middle East to Europe continues to be affected by the Houthi assaults. Many ships have turned away from the route.

The sinking may imply additional detours and better insurance coverage charges placed on vessels plying the Red Sea route – doubtlessly driving up world inflation and affecting assist shipments to the area.

The Belize-flagged Rubymar had been drifting northward after being struck by a Houthi anti-ship ballistic missile on 18 February within the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which hyperlinks the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Yemen’s internationally recognised authorities, in addition to a regional navy official, confirmed the ship had sunk. The official spoke on situation of anonymity as no authorisation was given to talk to journalists in regards to the incident. The Rubymar’s Beirut-based supervisor couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

The Iran-backed Houthis, who had falsely claimed the ship sank nearly immediately after the assault, didn’t instantly acknowledge its sinking.

The Houthis insist their assaults will proceed till Israel stops its fight operations within the Gaza Strip, which have enraged the broader Arab world and seen the Houthis acquire worldwide recognition.

However, there was a slowdown in assaults in current days. The motive for that continues to be unclear.