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Houthi sea mine strikes cargo ship in Red Sea

YEMEN's Houthi rebels planted a sea mine that struck a cargo ship in the southern Red Sea, reports Associated Press

06 January 2021 - 19:00

YEMEN's Houthi rebels planted a sea mine that struck a cargo ship in the southern Red Sea, reports Associated Press.

The ship hasn't been identified nor did anyone elaborate on the attack. The conflict against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen has been going on since 2015.



The event follows a series of assaults targeting Saudi Arabian energy infrastructure that has spurred concerns about ship safety in the Red Sea.



The Red Sea is a significant transit zone for global shipping and energy supplies that has largely avoided the tension involving the US and Iran last year.



Previously, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen said they recently detected and destroyed 171 sea mines dispatched into Red Sea waters by the Houthi forces.



Also, an explosion struck an oil tanker off Jeddah in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago, resulting in the shutdown of the most important shipping point for the nation. Saudia Arabia blamed the incident on a bomb-laden boat.


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