Coalition drops leaflets on Hodeida promising liberation

Yemen government appeals to residents to join forces ahead of looming offensive

Saeed Al Batati

Al Mukalla: The Saudi-led coalition and the internationally-recognised government of Yemen have collectively appealed to residents of the western Hodeida city to support government forces as the countdown has begun for a long-awaited offensive to push Al Houthi militia from the important Red Sea city.

Residents said on Wednesday fighter jets from the coalition dropped thousands of leaflets alerting them about the impending offensive and urging them to join government forces when they arrive in the city.

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Yemen police foil suicide attack on Aden checkpoint

ADEN // Yemeni authorities released footage on Sunday of the killing of a would-be suicide bomber moments before he detonated his explosives at a checkpoint in the southern city of Aden.

In the video posted online, Aden’s anti-terrorism squad documented its surveillance of the assailant as he approached his target on Saturday in the Tawahi district of the port city.

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Source: http://www.thenational.ae/

P&O Ports to develop in Puntland

Dubai government-owned P&O Ports said yesterday that it has signed a deal to develop the port at Bosaso, which is located in the Gulf of Aden on Somalia’s northern border in the semi-auto­nomous state of Puntland.

The deal follows months of shuttle diplomacy by Puntland president Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, who has been lobbying potential international partners to agree several infrastructure projects in the state, including the port.

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Source: http://www.thenational.ae/

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Russian Foreign Ministry investigates Russian sailors arrested in Libya’s capital

Russia’s Embassy in Libya, which is temporarily based in Tunisia, initiated investigation for the circumstances for the detaining of the cargo ship Merle in Libyan territorial waters off Tripoli.

The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation expressed the hope that the relevant companies will draw appropriate conclusions and will resolve the problem with the several Russian sailors.

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Source: http://www.libyanexpress.com/

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Puntland plans to transfer Bosaso port to UAE

The United Arab Emirates is close to win a concession to manage and develop Bosaso Port in the semi-autonomous regional state of Puntland.

Puntland Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairperson, Mohamed Aydid Jama’a has confirmed the plan saying Puntland State wants to hand over the management Puntland’s largest port, Bosaso to the government of United Arab Emirates.

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Source: http://goobjoog.com/

Nigerian ports get improved safety standards

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has declared that safety status of the Nigerian ports as improving, commending the level of compliance with International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

The USCG team, which was in Nigeria to examine the level of compliance with the international ISPS code assured of their support to Nigeria towards achieving a safer ports, jetties and terminals.

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Source: https://guardian.ng/

Hacking attacks on ports among new security threats, conference told

Data protection event hears organisations must be ready for new EU rules in 2018

Elaine Edwards

There has been an increase in hacking attacks on ports by criminals such as drug traffickers, a conference in Dublin has heard.

A security expert told the annual data protection conference organised by the Irish Computer Society and the Association of Data Protection Officers that traffickers are hacking ports to mark certain shipments as checked when they had not been.

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Pakistan Navy establishes special task force for Gwadar security

Pakistan Navy’s special ‘Task Force-88’ (TF-88) was established Tuesday for the maritime security of Gwadar port and protection of associated sea lanes against both conventional and non-traditional threats.

A ceremony for this was held at the Gwadar port which was attended by heads of armed forces and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).

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Source: pakistantoday.com.pk

Armed groups take control of Libyan town of Ben Jawad, close to major oil ports: officials

Armed groups took control on Wednesday of the Libyan town of Ben Jawad, close to some of Libya’s major eastern oil ports, security officials said.

Miftah Magariaf, head of the Petrol Facilities Guard in the area, said “terrorist groups” had launched rocket attacks as they advanced, but that eastern security forces were ready to defend the oil ports.

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Source: reuters.com

Somali forces approach port town, ready to attack Islamic State

By Abdiqani Hassen

Hundreds of pro-government Somali forces began moving toward the port town of Qandala on Monday for an offensive against Islamic State fighters who seized it last month, Qandala’s mayor said.

The forces include militia fighters, soldiers from the semi-autonomous region of Puntland and fighters from the same clan as Abdiqadir Mumin, the Somali insurgent leader who has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, Somali security officials said.

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Source: reuters.com

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