Undersea communication cable connecting Europe and Asia is cut by the Houthi militants


the Red Sea , which is located between northeastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, activities by Yemen's armed group, the Houthis , have increased since around 2023, and they have been conducting attacks on merchant ships in transit. It has been reported that four submarine communication cables connecting Saudi Arabia and Djibouti have been cut and rendered unusable as a result of attacks by the Houthis.

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In Yemen, a civil war continues between the regime, supported by Saudi Arabia, and the Houthis, supported by Iran. The Houthis have been pro-Iranian, anti-American, and anti-Israel, and have repeatedly carried out attacks such as seizing Israeli-registered ships passing through the Red Sea and ships headed for Israel.

In addition, a battle involving multiple countries is unfolding, with the United States shooting down an American drone supporting Israel, and the United States shooting down a missile fired toward Israel.

The Houthis have reportedly severed four undersea communications cables connecting Jeddah, Saudi Arabia , and Djibouti, East Africa, as part of a further attack.

According to local media Globes, the cut submarine communication cables are those of ``

AAE-1 '', `` SEACOM '', `` Europe India Gateway (EIG)'', and `` TGN Atlantic (TGN-A)''.

These cables are important communication infrastructure in Europe, Africa, India, etc. EIG's cable connects from the UK to India, and TGN-A connects Pakistan, Egypt, and Europe via China and Western countries. Masu. As a result, there have been reports of impacts from the cutting of communication cables in Red Sea coastal countries and India.

On the other hand, it has been pointed out that the damage is not as serious as other cables that escaped attacks by the Houthis also connect Asia, Africa, and Europe.

However, repairing the severed cable will require at least eight weeks of entry into Yemeni waters, during which time the ship will continue to be exposed to the risk of terrorist attacks by the Houthis. Therefore, according to Sunil Tagare , an expert on submarine cables, there is no insurance coverage for ships heading to repair the cable.

Mr. Tagare estimates that the cost of ships responsible for repairing cables is ``60 million dollars (approximately 9 billion yen) to 100 million dollars (approximately 15 billion yen) per ship,'' adding, ``No insurance company can cover that risk.'' I don't want to be burdened with that.'

Tagare further points out, ``It's not scary that submarine communication cables are cut, but what is really scary is that there is no prospect of recovery of submarine communication cables in the Red Sea.''

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