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The Houthi movement attacked more than 50 ships

Updated 17.56 | Published 14.31

The cargo ship Rubimar sank in the Red Sea earlier in March after a Houthi attack.

The Islamic Houthi movement has attacked ships in the Red Sea on more than 50 occasions since the attacks began last year.

Diplomatic sources indicate that Russian and Chinese commercial ships receive freedom of passage in exchange for the two countries' support for the Houthi movement, for example, at the United Nations.

The Houthi movement, which controls large parts of Yemen, has mainly attacked Western commercial ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. The reason is that the Houthi movement wants to show its support for the Palestinians in Gaza.

US Deputy Secretary of Defense Celeste Wallander said on Thursday that “at least 50 attacks have been carried out against commercial ships and warships in the Red Sea since the Houthi group began its efforts to disrupt navigation in the important waterway.”

Military efforts, mainly undertaken by the United States and Great Britain, were unsuccessful in stopping the continuing attacks on merchant ships.

At the same time, diplomatic sources reported, according to Bloomberg News Agency, that Russia and China agreed with the Houthi movement not to attack ships belonging to the two countries.

The Houthi movement is supported by Iran. Diplomatic sources indicate that Russia and China will, for example, oppose imposing sanctions on Iran when such issues are raised in the United Nations and its Security Council.

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The agreement is said to have been reached during diplomatic talks in Oman. Neither Russia, China, nor the leadership of the Houthi movement confirmed this information.