British-Owned Cargo Ship Sinks Days After Being Hit By Houthi Missile

The Houthis say they will sink more British ships

The US military said on Saturday that the Rubymar, a British-owned cargo ship, sank in the Red Sea after taking on water for days following a February 18 Houthi missile strike.

In response to the news, the Houthis, officially known as Ansar Allah, vowed they would sink more British ships. The Houthis began targeting American and British commercial shipping after the US and the UK started a bombing campaign against the Houthis on January 12.

“Yemen will continue to sink more British ships, and any repercussions or other damages will be added to Britain’s bill, as it is a rogue state that attacks Yemen and partners with America in sponsoring the ongoing crime against civilians in Gaza,” said Hussein al-Ezzi, the Houthis deputy foreign minister.

Photo of the Rubymar sinking released by US Central Command

The US and British bombing campaign in Yemen has only escalated the situation in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden as the Houthis are not backing down. US officials recently acknowledged to CNN that they are unable to assess if the strikes are degrading the Houthis’ missile capabilities.

The US and the UK have launched four joint rounds of heavy missile strikes so far, and the US has been launching unilateral bombings almost every day. On February 29 and March 1, CENTCOM reported that it launched a total of three strikes on Houthi-controlled Yemen, which is where between 70% and 80% of Yemenis live.

The Houthis have made clear they would only stop their attacks in the region if the Israeli onslaught in Gaza comes to an end, and some US officials have said they think the Houthis would be true to their word. But the Biden administration refuses to press for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and continues to provide unconditional military aid for the slaughter of Palestinians.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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