Ship 'believed to have sunk' after Red Sea attack — security agency

Agence France-Presse
Ship 'believed to have sunk' after Red Sea attack � security agency
This handout picture courtesy of the US Naval Forces Central Command released on June 15, 2024 shows sailors from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group rendering assistance to distressed mariners at sea in the Red Sea, on June 15, 2024. The crew of a ship that was holed in an attack by Yemen's Huthi rebels has been evacuated and the vessel is drifting in the Red Sea, a security agency said on on June 15. The Huthis, who control much of Yemen, seized Sanaa in 2014, prompting a Saudi-led military intervention in support of the government the following year. They say their scores of Red Sea attacks since November are in support of Palestinians in Gaza as part of Iran's "axis of resistance" to the United States and Israel.
Photo by US Navy / AFP

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A merchant ship is thought to have sunk in the Red Sea after a deadly attack by Yemeni rebels that forced it to be abandoned last week, a security agency said.

The MV Tutor, which was holed during an attack that left one Filipino sailor dead, is "believed to have sunk", the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations said late Tuesday.

"Military authorities report maritime debris and oil sighted in the last reported location," said UKMTO, which is run by the British navy.

The Liberian-flagged, Greek-owned and -operated bulk carrier was hit by a remote-controlled sea drone and an aerial projectile southwest of rebel-held Hodeida on June 12.

It was evacuated in a military operation on Friday and left drifting, its engine room breached and taking on water.

The Iran-backed Huthi rebels have launched scores of drone and missile attacks on the vital sea route since November, describing them as retaliation for the Israel-Hamas war.

The White House announced the sailor's death on Monday. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said a Sri Lankan crew member was critically wounded in a separate Huthi attack on the MV Verbena on Thursday.

The Tutor appears to be the second ship sunk by the Huthis in recent months after the Rubymar, carrying thousands of tonnes of fertiliser, went down in the Red Sea in March after a missile strike.

The Huthis, who seized Yemen's capital Sanaa in 2014, have been at war with a Saudi-led coalition since 2015.

The UN says the conflict has left hundreds of thousands of people dead, through fighting or indirect causes like lack of food, and created one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

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