British ship sinks after being hit by Houthi missiles in the Red Sea

A British-registered freighter has sunk in the Red Sea after the crew were compelled to abandon ship following an attack by Yemeni Houthi rebels.

The Cargo ship Rubymar, which was deserted in the southern Red Sea subsequent to being targeted by Yemen’s Houthis on February 18, has sunk, a statement by the internationally recognised Yemeni government said on Saturday.

The assault took place in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, 35 nautical miles south of Al Mukha, Yemen, on Sunday night, the UK’s Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) said, against a vessel that was later identified as the Rubymar.

The crew of the British-registered cargo ship, which measures 171.6m in length and 27m in width, was compelled to ‘abandon the vessel’ following the attack, though the UKMTO stated yesterday that all crew are safe and ‘authorities are investigating.’

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