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The audience of the platforms interacted with the Ansar Allah Houthi group targeting a ship they said was British, which confirms that the group is still capable of targeting commercial ships passing through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden despite the strikes it was subjected to.

The group's military spokesman, Yahya Saree, had announced the targeting of a British ship, and confirmed that the attacks had led to its complete cessation.

According to the information leaked, the ship “Rubimar” was flying the flag of Belize, registered in Britain, and managed by Lebanese, while navigation data indicate that it was heading from the port of Ras Al-Khair in Saudi Arabia to Bulgaria.

The company responsible for security on board the ship announced that the crew had been evacuated to Djibouti after it was targeted by two missiles, and that water was leaking into it.

For its part, the Djiboutian authorities announced their success in coordinating the safe return of the ship's crew, numbering 24 individuals, including 11 Syrians, 6 Egyptians, 3 Indians, and 4 Filipinos.

Episode (2/20/2024) of the “Shabakat” program discussed the platforms’ audience’s most prominent comments on the targeting of the “Rubimar” ship, some of which warned of the possibility of escalating confrontations between the Houthis and the West in the region.

Warning of escalation

The account owner, Musab Abdullah, warned that the Houthi group’s attack on a British ship and reports of its sinking in Bab al-Mandab would lead to “a descent toward escalation in the Red Sea.”

As for activist Hamed, he expressed his astonishment at the response of Western forces towards Yemen so far. He tweeted, “Imagine Houthi hitting two American ships, shooting down an American plane, and sinking a British ship, and until now Sanaa is safe.”

For his part, tweeter Abu Furat expressed his astonishment at the group's ability to sink a British ship and shoot down an American drone in one night, and continued, "This is something that has not happened since World War II."

As for Marwan Al-Aurasi, he held the West greatly responsible for igniting tension in the Red Sea region with his position in support of Tel Aviv. He tweeted, “The Houthis targeted a British ship and hit it directly, causing it to stop completely, but the West insists on protecting the entity (Israel) and is desperate to do so.”

For his part, tweeter Osama pointed out that the events in the Red Sea over the past 24 hours “contain a strongly worded message from Sana’a to the American-British aggression,” warning that it has begun “a new phase of escalation that will cost it a lot if it does not change its decisions and positions toward Yemen and Gaza.”

For its part, the British government said, "We have been clear that attacks on commercial ships are completely unacceptable, and we reserve with our allies the right to respond appropriately."

According to reports, the European Union announced the start of a naval military mission along the maritime lines of communication in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, the Strait of Hormuz, and international waters in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, and Gulf of Oman to escort ships and protect them from attacks.

Source: Al Jazeera