Threat of Al Houthi Continues in International Shipping in Bab al-Mandab

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On Wednesday, unknown gunmen attacked un European oil tanker in Bab

Al-Mandab strait in the Red Sea.

This is the latest operation this year in the Strait of Bab al-Mandab,

which is passing through large amounts of world oil.

Bab al-Mandab Strait is essential to the global economy. Over 4.7 million barrels of oil transited the busy waterway each day.

The legitimate government, backed by the Arab coalition forces,

liberated the Bab al-Mandab area by a lightning operation early last

year and secured it completely after the liberation of the city and

the port of Al-Mukha earlier this year, but the dangers still threaten

this strategic region.

On Wednesday’s incident, the EU naval forces said in a statement that

the attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at the tanker MT Moski

flying the flag of the Marshall Islands in the south of the Bab

Al-Mandab Strait. The tanker’s cargo is 70,362 tons.

The spokesman for the European naval force said the attack did not

appear to be carried out by pirates and was probably related to the

“continuing unrest in the sea off the coast of Yemen.” Referring to

Houthi-Saleh militias.

The spokesman’s statement made it clear that it contained a blaming

accusation of the coup militia, which carried out many similar attacks

on many ships in the same area during the previous period and the two

branches of the legitimate government control of the Bab al-Mandab


Observers have promised that, this operation is a serious and direct

threat to the international traffic in the Bab al-Mandab area, which

passes through about four million barrels of crude oil per day as well

as other commercial goods to Europe, the United States and Asia.

On this subject, the Chief of the General Staff, Major General

Mohammad Ali Al-Maqdashi, told the newspaper “Asharq Al-Awsat” that

the coalition forces succeeded in eliminating these booby-trapped

boats and mines planted in the sea.

National forces in the Midi front also seized a number of boats. Many mines have been dismantled and

removed from the sea to ensure the safety of maritime navigation in

which the militia are engaged. And carry out criminal acts aimed at

the safety and security of international navigation.​


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