Iran-Backed Houthis Sink British Ship Near Yemen: Crew Evacuates Amid Red Sea Tension

The Houthis sank a ship sailing in the Red Sea, south of Yemen's coastal city of Mukha, according to a report released on Monday by the UKMTO, the Maritime Trade Operations Agency of the United Kingdom. The crew had to evacuate their ship due to the Houthis for the first time since Israel began its war against Hamas in Gaza.

According to early accounts, the event resulted in no injuries, and the crew received aid from nearby military personnel. The Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah troops, assaulted a British ship close to Bab al-Mandab, according to an Al-Jazeera network report based on a source in the Yemeni maritime industry. The crew phoned for assistance when the ship stopped in the sea due to severe damage, according to the source.

Yahya Saree, the Houthi army's spokesperson, took responsibility for the event when the first reports surfaced. He said that many missiles were fired by the Houthi troops on the British ship Rubymar in the Gulf of Aden. He said that while the crew managed to escape safely, the ship sustained significant damage and now faces the risk of capsizing. The ship sank, according to an Arabic-language Sky News report.

Further facts regarding the incidents were provided by sources to the Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese al-Mayadeen station. They said the ship carried ammonia and that efforts were made to salvage it after the assault, but it caught fire and sank. According to the reports, "a precise and innovative weapon that has not been exposed until now" was used to strike the ship.

For many weeks, the Iranian-backed Houthis have been bragging about their capacity to strike "Israeli" ships or those en route to Israel in an effort to defend the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

They declare in all of their public statements that they will not stop attacking the Gaza Strip until "food and medicine reach the Strip and Israeli assault on the Strip ends." The Houthis declared that American and British sites in the Red Sea were also valid targets once the international coalition entered the battle against Yemen.


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