Abandoned vessel hit by Houthi rebels creating environmenal concerns

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The vessel Rubymar, which came under attack by the Houthi group offshore Yemen in mid-February, is currently abandoned at sea, raising safety and environmental concerns. The Iran-backed Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attack, suggesting the vessel might sink in the Gulf of Aden and noting it was carrying over 41,000 tons of fertilizer. The US Central Command reported an 18-mile oil slick and stated that the vessel is anchored but taking on water. The Rubymar awaits towing to a safe harbour, with the US Navy mentioned as a potential assist for the tow to the Saudi port of Jeddah, although neither Aden nor Djibouti authorities have agreed to receive the tanker. The International Maritime Organization is monitoring the situation, and there are significant environmental concerns regarding the potential spillage of oil and fertilizer into the Red Sea. This incident highlights the ongoing risk of environmental disasters in conflict zones and the need for international cooperation in addressing such challenges.

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