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Oil spill, fertilizer leak from sinking of cargo ship highlight risks to Red Sea from Houthi attacks

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A vibrant fishing industry, some of the world’s largest coral reefs, desalination plants supplying millions with drinking water. Officials on Saturday said the M/V Rubymar, a Belize-flagged vessel reportedly carrying 22,000 metric tons of toxic fertilizer, sunk after taking on water in the Feb. 18 attack. Since November, the Houthi rebels have repeatedly targeted ships in the Red Sea over Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

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