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The British ship Rubymar, which was attacked by the Houthis in Yemen on February 18, has reportedly sunk. The ship, carrying large quantities of ammonia and oil, could cause an environmental disaster.

A British ship attacked by Houthi rebels in Yemen has reportedly sunk after taking on water for days in the Red Sea.

The ship, named Rubymar, began drifting after the attack on February 18.

It was the first ship sunk in months of Houthi attacks on ships on the vital waterway.

Yemen's internationally recognized government and a military official in the region confirmed the sinking.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have insisted on delivering aid to the Gaza Strip in exchange for allowing the rescue of the British ship Rubymar, which sank in the Gulf of Aden.

"We hold Britain responsible for all the consequences," said Mohammed Ali Houthi, a member of the group's Supreme Political Council.

CARRYING AMMONIA AND OIL

According to the official Saba Agency, the British ship Rubymar, targeted by the Houthis on February 18, was carrying large quantities of ammonia and oil.

Last Saturday, the Yemeni government said the ship was heading towards the Yemeni Khanish Islands in the Red Sea, threatening a "major environmental disaster".

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement that the attack caused significant damage to the ship, resulting in an 18-mile oil slick.