Houthi Threats Escalate: Yemen Vows to Continue Targeting British Ships in the Gulf of Aden

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Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthis have vowed to continue attacking British shipping in the Gulf of Aden after the UK sank the carrier Rubimar in the Red Sea.

Hussein al-Ezzi, deputy foreign affairs minister in the Houthi-led government, wrote in X: “Yemen will continue to sink more British vessels, and British currency will be affected by consequences or other damage.””

“This is a rogue state that invades Yemen and is complicit with the United States in facilitating ongoing crimes against civilians in Gaza,” he added.

The U.S.  military confirmed Saturday that a Belizean-flagged Rubimar plane was struck by anti-Houthi missiles on Feb. 18 and sank.

After the ship was hit, it was turning north. The U.S.  vessel, which was carrying about 21,000 metric tons of ammonium phosphate sulfate coal, poses an environmental threat to the Red Sea, the military said in a statement. Additional petroleum oil leaks from engines also pose the risk of upsetting the balance of marine ecosystems.

The cargo ship was abandoned 12 days after the attack, despite numerous attempts to tow the ship.

A fierce Red Sea offensive by the Houthis since November last year has devastated global shipping, forcing companies to alter long and expensive voyages around South Africa.

The U.S. and the UK attacked Houthi targets in Yemen in January in retaliation for attacks on Red Sea shipping. But the Houthis have vowed to target the ships until Israel stops its combat operations in Gaza.

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