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Houthis demand entry of relief into Gaza in exchange for salvaging sunken British ship

26 February 2024

Yemen’s Houthi group have said late Saturday that it would allow the British ship Rubymar sunk in the Gulf of Aden to be salvaged in exchange for bringing relief aid into the Gaza Strip, reports Anadolu Agency.

“The sunken British ship could be towed in exchange for bringing relief trucks into Gaza,” Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, a member of the group’s Supreme Political Council, said in a statement on X.

“This is an offer that can be considered,” he added.

Houthi’s statement came a day after the Yemeni government called on countries around the world, organizations, and bodies concerned with preserving the marine environment to quickly deal with the crisis of the British ship Rubymar which was targeted by the Houthis on Feb. 18.

There was no comment from Britain or Israel regarding the statement, the report adds.

The ship Rubymar was carrying large quantities of ammonia and oils, according to the official Saba Agency.

On Saturday, the Yemeni government said that the ship was heading toward the Yemeni Hanish Islands in the Red Sea, which threatens a “major environmental disaster.”

The Yemeni Houthi group has been targeting cargo ships in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden owned or operated by Israeli companies or transporting goods to and from Israel in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli onslaught since Oct. 7.

With tensions escalating due to joint strikes by the US and UK against Houthi targets in Yemen, the group declared that it considered all American and British ships legitimate military targets.

 

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