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Iran-backed Houtis sink freighter in Red Sea carrying 21,000 metric tons of ammonium phosphate sulfate fertilizer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Iran-backed Houtis succeeded in sinking a freighter in the Red Sea carrying a vast amount of dangerous fertilizer that poses a severe environmental risk.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iran-backed Houtis succeeded in sinking a freighter in the Red Sea carrying a vast amount of dangerous fertilizer that poses a severe environmental risk.

On Mar. 2 at approximately 2:15 a.m., MV Rubymar, a Belize-flagged, UK-owned bulk carrier, sank in the Red Sea after being struck by an Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist anti-ship ballistic missile on Feb. 18.

The ship had been slowly taking on water since the unprovoked attack.

The approximately 21,000 metric tons of ammonium phosphate sulfate fertilizer that the vessel was carrying presents an environmental risk in the Red Sea. As the ship sinks it also presents a subsurface impact risk to other ships transiting the busy shipping lanes of the waterway.

The Iran-backed Houthis pose a heightened threat to global maritime activities. The United States and coalition partners remain committed to safeguarding freedom of navigation, striving to enhance the safety and security of international waters for merchant shipping.

(TOP PHOTO of the freighter now under water via @CENTCOM)

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