Environmental disaster threatens Red Sea after Houthi ship attack

MENA

Published: 2024-02-24 18:28

Last Updated: 2024-04-22 16:53


Environmental disaster threatens Red Sea after Houthi ship attack
Environmental disaster threatens Red Sea after Houthi ship attack

The Yemeni government issued a warning on Saturday regarding an impending environmental disaster stemming from the recent attack on the British vessel "Rubimar" by the Houthis in the Red Sea.

In a statement conveyed by the Yemeni News Agency, the government urged swift international action to address the crisis, announcing the formation of a crisis cell to devise an emergency response plan.

Emphasizing its limited resources, the government stressed the critical need for urgent support in containing the situation, as the vessel carries substantial amounts of ammonia and oils. It underscored the necessity of preventing the release of these hazardous substances into the seawater.

Recently, the US Central Command disclosed that the Houthi attack on the ship last Sunday led to an 18-mile-long oil spill in the Red Sea, exacerbating environmental concerns. The damaged ship, loaded with 41,000 tons of fertilizer, poses an additional risk of further contaminating the Red Sea.

The "Rubimar," owned by a Lebanese entity, flying the Belize flag, and registered in the United Kingdom, became a target when struck by one of two ballistic missiles launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen. This attack likely marks one of the most severe incidents in a series of assaults on commercial vessels by the Houthi group in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in recent months.