Ecological Crises in the Red Sea

The waters of the Red Sea are at an ‘environmental risk’ after a vessel Rubymar, carrying approximately 21,000 metric tons of ammonium phosphate sulfate fertilizer, sank in the southern part of the Sea.

The ship’s hull had been struck by an anti-ship ballistic missile fired by Yemen-based Houthi rebels.

The Red Sea connects with the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean through the human-made Suez Canal and to the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean through the Strait of Bab el Mandeb.

The sinking of the Rubymar could cause havoc in the sea, which is known to be rich in biodiversity that is endemic and not found anywhere else.