A general cargo vessel abandoned by its crew after a missile strike earlier on Monday has sunk in the Bab el-Mandeb strait, Yemen’s Houthi rebel group claimed.

“The operation resulted in its [the ship’s] complete sinking,” the Houthis’ military spokesman, Yahya Saree, said in a televised statement.

Spokespersons with Lebanon-based GMZ Ship Management, the manager of the 32,200-dwt Rubymar (built 1997), did not immediately respond to a request for comment.