Houthi attack on freighter Rubymar caused significant damage to ship, US says

An attack by Yemen’s Houthis on the freighter Rubymar caused significant damage to the ship and an 18-mile (29-km) oil slick, the US military’s Central Command says.

Rubymar, a Belize-flagged, British-registered and Lebanese-operated cargo ship carrying combustible fertilizer, was damaged in Sunday’s missile strike claimed by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

The group’s military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said in a statement the following day that the ship is now at risk of sinking.

“The ship is anchored but slowly taking on water,” Central Command says in a statement.

The Rubymar was transporting over 41,000 tons of fertilizer when it was attacked, the statement added.

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