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    Three Red Sea Underwater Data Cables Have Been Cut as Houthi Attacks Continue in the Vital Waterway

    Three Red Sea Underwater Data Cables Have Been Cut as Houthi Attacks Continue in the Vital Waterway

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Three Red Sea underwater cables providing internet and telecommunications around the world have been cut as the waterway remains a target of Yemen's Houthi rebels, officials said Monday. Meanwhile, a suspected Houthi attack set a ship ablaze in the Gulf of Aden.

    What cut the lines remains unclear. There has been concern about the cables being targeted in the Houthi campaign, which the rebels describe as an effort to pressure Israel to end its war on Hamas in the Strip. The Houthis have denied attacking the lines, however.

    While global shipping has already been disrupted through the Red Sea, a crucial route for cargo and energy shipments from Asia and the Middle East to , the sabotage of telecommunication lines could further escalate the monthslong crisis.

    The cut lines include Asia--Europe 1, the Europe Gateway, Seacom and TGN-Gulf, Hong Kong-based HGC Global Communications said. It described the cuts as affecting 25% of the traffic flowing through the Red Sea. It described the Red Sea route as crucial for data moving from Asia to Europe and said it had begun rerouting traffic.

    HGC Global Communications described the Seacom-TGN-Gulf line as being two separate cables when it is actually one at the area of the cut, according to Tim Stronge, a subsea cable expert with TeleGeography, a Washington-based telecommunications market research company.

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