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Ambrey says it has reports of incident involving Rubymar cargo ship

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British maritime security firm Ambrey said on Friday it had received multiple reports of another incident involving the Rubymar cargo ship, and a number of Yemenis were reportedly harmed during the incident, which occurred on Feb. 29.

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The Rubymar, which was abandoned in the southern Red Sea after being targeted by Yemen’s Houthis on Feb. 18, was approximately 16 nautical miles west of Yemen’s Mokha at the time of the second incident, Ambrey said in an advisory note.

Yemen’s Houthis said on Tuesday they could only reconsider their missile and drone attacks on international shipping in the Red Sea once Israel ends its “aggression” in the Gaza Strip.

Asked if they would halt the attacks if a ceasefire deal is reached, Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam told Reuters the situation would be reassessed if the siege of Gaza ended and humanitarian aid was free to enter.

“There will be no halt to any operations that help Palestinian people except when the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the siege stop,” he said.

Shipping risks have escalated due to repeated Houthi strikes in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait since November in what they describe as acts of solidarity with Palestinians against Israel in the Gaza war.

US and British forces have responded with several strikes on Houthi facilities but have so far failed to halt the attacks.

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