Undersea cables in Red Sea were reportedly damaged

The location of the cable break is significant due to geopolitical sensitivity and ongoing tensions. Repairs may be complicated due to the limited availability of cable repair ships.

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Undersea data cables in the Red Sea have reportedly been damaged, months after Yemeni Houthi rebels threatened to do so.

Israeli news outlet Globes reported that four cables (EIG, AAE-1, Seacom, and TGN-EA) had experienced damage, with Seacom confirming damage between Kenya and Egypt. The location of the cable break is significant due to its geopolitical sensitivity and ongoing tensions, making it challenging for maintenance and repair operations.

While the Houthis are blamed for the damage, doubts have been raised about their capabilities, with some experts suggesting that a more sophisticated force like Iran may be involved. Other undersea cables are serving the region, and Seacom has reassured customers by rerouting traffic. The Red Sea conflict has led shipping companies to avoid the area, causing delays in shipping. Internet access in Djibouti also experienced a disruption. The incident highlights the vulnerability of undersea cables during conflicts and has prompted calls for improved security measures.