Another threat Houthi attacks in the Red Sea threaten the Internet cables  in the East and West.


Mumbai India (ANN)- A new threat has emerged from the attacks by Iran-backed Houthis on shipping in the Red Sea that have caused delays to goods arriving in Europe from Asia.

The United States said last week it believed the recent sinking of a Belize-flagged, Lebanese-operated fertilizer ship severed vital undersea cables that provide internet connectivity between the East and West according report to Timesofindia.

The attack on the M/V Rubymar on February 18 “forced the crew to drop anchor and abandon ship,” a US defense official said.
“Preliminary assessments indicate the anchor dragging along the seafloor is likely to have cut the undersea cables that provide internet and telecommunications service around the world,” the official added.
First environmental threat, now internet disruption The Rubymar has since sunk, causing an environmental disaster.

A 29-kilometer (18-mile) oil slick emerged shortly after the attack, according to the US military’s Central Command. according to Timesofindia.

There are now fears that its fertilizer cargo could cause further damage, if it were to leak.
While the Houthis were not directly responsible for the damage to the undersea cable, their attacks have increased the threat to internet connectivity in the region as they make other, similar incidents more likely.

Another report said the threat of Internet blackouts in Africa leaving millions of people offline for weeks. but the report added that a repair ship will be sent to restore the submarine cables four sea lines were cut off the west coast of Africa.



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Written by Arraale M. Jama, a freelance journalist and human rights activist.

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