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Cargo ship sinks in Red Sea days after being attacked by Houthi rebels, US says

A cargo ship hit last month by a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels sank in the Red Sea, US Central Command said Saturday.

The sinking of the Rubymar, which was carrying 21,000 tons of fertilizer, represents an environmental risk in the Red Sea, according to US Central Command.

“As the ship sinks, it also presents an underground impact risk to other ships transiting the waterway’s busy shipping lanes,” he added.

The M/V Rubymar, a UK-owned and Belize-flagged bulk carrier, had been slowly taking on water since February 18 when it was hit by one of two ballistic missiles fired from Houthi territory in Yemen.

Days later, it created a 29-kilometer-long oil slick in the Red Sea.

The damage suffered by the Rubymar is potentially the most significant to a ship caused by an attack launched by the Iran-backed Houthis, who have for months targeted commercial shipping in the Red Sea.

The attacks on one of the world's most important shipping lanes have disrupted global trade and fueled fears of a wider regional conflict months after the war between Israel and Hamas began.

Source: CNN Brasil

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