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    A Ship Earlier Hit by Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Sinks in the Red Sea, the First Vessel Lost in Conflict

    A Ship Earlier Hit by Yemen's Houthi Rebels Sinks in the Red Sea, the First Vessel Lost in Conflict

    , United Arab Emirates (AP) — A ship attacked by Yemen's Houthi rebels has sunk in the Red Sea after days of taking on water, officials said Saturday, the first vessel to be fully destroyed as part of their campaign over 's war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    The sinking of the Rubymar comes as shipping through the crucial waterway for cargo and energy shipments moving from Asia and the Middle East to has been affected by the Houthi attacks.

    Already, many ships have turned away from the route. The sinking could see further detours and higher insurance rates put on vessels plying the waterway — potentially driving up global inflation and affecting aid shipments to the region.

    The Belize-flagged Rubymar had been drifting northward after being struck by a Houthi anti-ship ballistic missile on Feb. 18 in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a crucial waterway linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

    Yemen's internationally recognized government, as well as a regional official, confirmed the ship sank. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as no authorization was given to speak to journalists about the incident.

    The British military's United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations center, which watches over Mideast waterways, separately acknowledged the Rubymar's sinking Saturday afternoon.

    The Rubymar's Beirut-based manager could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Yemen's exiled government, which has…

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