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This satellite image taken by Maxar Technologies shows the Belize-flagged ship Rubymar in the Red Sea on Friday. The Rubymar, earlier attacked by Yemen's Houthi rebels, has sunk after days of taking on water, officials said Saturday. Maxar Technologies via AP hide caption

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Houthi fighters march during a rally of support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and against the U.S. strikes on Yemen, outside Sanaa, on Jan. 22. AP hide caption

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China is mostly quiet on Houthi attacks in the Red Sea

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The Galaxy Leader cargo ship was seized by Houthi fighters in the Red Sea in late November. The Bahamas-flagged, British-owned Galaxy Leader, operated by a Japanese firm but having links to an Israeli businessman, was headed from Turkey to India when it was seized and rerouted to the Yemeni port of Hodeida. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Houthi fighters and tribesmen stage a rally against U.S. and U.K. strikes on Houthi-run military sites near Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024. AP hide caption

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U.S. Navy ships travel through the Bab al-Mandeb strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, in August. Mass Communications Spc. 2nd Class Moises Sandoval/U.S. Navy via AP hide caption

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A Phalanx weapons defense cannon is mounted on the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Gravely on March 14, 2023. The U.S. military said Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023, it shot down two anti-ship ballistic missiles fired toward a container ship by Yemen's Houthi rebels in the Red Sea and thwarted an attack by small boat crews on the same ship later. John C. Clark/AP file photo hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin makes a joint statement with Israel Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, after their meeting about Israel's military operation in Gaza, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Dec. 18, 2023. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption

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This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows the USS Carney in the Mediterranean Sea on Oct. 23, 2018. The Carney and several commercial ships came under fire in the Red Sea on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, the Pentagon said. Ryan U. Kledzik/AP file photo hide caption

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