Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi boat for planting naval mines

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has destroyed a boat with engineers on board who were planning to plant naval mines, Sabq local news reported on Monday.

The military boat of Houthi militias was trying to enter sea areas under the control of the Yemeni national forces in the Red Sea west Yemen, a source confirmed to the online portal.

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Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/

CMF: Guidance on Maritime Security Transit Corridor

The following information from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) relates to transits through the Gulf of Aden, Bab Al Mandeb (BaM), Southern Red Sea, and associated waters.  It does not replace any previous guidance.

Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted the risks associated with transiting these waters.  The multiple types of risks and the broad expanse of ocean on which these attacks can occur dictate that Naval Forces must be used in the most efficient manner possible.  To assist in this, CMF is establishing a Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC).

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Guidance On Transits Through The Bab El Mandeb and Associated Waters

UKMTO operating from Dubai, has issued an advisory following information from the UK government relating to ship transits through the Bab El Mandeb (BeM) and associated waters.  This UKMTO Notice 001 August /2017 replaces previous guidance UKMTO Notice 001 July 2017 (which refers to CMF advice dated 16 July 2017) and UKMTO Notice 002 July 2017.

Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab El Mandeb have highlighted the risks associated with transiting these waters. Daylight attacks by small boats were conducted against two tankers in the southern approaches to the BeM. The method of these attacks has seen two or more skiffs approaching at high speed. In each case, one or more have fired small arms and Rocket Propelled Grenades and carried explosives. In both attacks, the skiffs carrying explosives detonated at a distance from the target vessel, but the presumed intent was to detonate the explosives against the hull.   The assessment of the attacks against merchant vessels in the southern approaches to the BeM indicates that due to the low levels of sophistication, the exposure to the threat is greater in daylight hours. However, an attack during the hours of darkness cannot be excluded.

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Houthis Threaten International Navigation Twice in 10 Days

Turki al-Suhail

Riyadh – For the second time in ten days, international maritime navigation in the Red Sea came under direct threat from Yemen’s Houthi militias.

Official reports stated that the militias launched a ballistic missile towards south of Red Sea near al-Mandeb Strait through which a third of the world’s oil carriers pass. Sources said the missile most likely fell in international waters in the Red Sea.

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Source: https://english.aawsat.com/

Houthis Wage Non-Traditional War in Bab al-Mandab Fueled Booby-Trapped Boats

Badr Al-Qahtani

London – Even the producers of the Johnny Depp-helmed “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise have not reached the heights of criminal imagination as the Houthis and Saleh militias in their threats to maritime traffic in Bab al-Mandab.

The strait, which witnesses 7 percent of the world’s maritime traffic, is the scene of a non-traditional war that is threatening the passage of some 25,000 ships annually and 4.7 million oil barrels daily, said a US Energy Information Administration report.

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Iranian Naval Capabilities in the Red Sea

[By James Fargher]

International attention has focused on the possibilities of an Iranian closure of the Straits of Hormuz, and the catastrophic effect a blockade would likely have on global energy supplies. Even a temporary closure or military disruption in the waterway would cause energy prices to soar and could politically destabilize the Persian Gulf region. Far less attention has been paid to Iranian activity in the Red Sea, however, despite the crucial importance of the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait to world oil shipments.

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Yemen army sets sights on Mocha after liberating Dhobab

A victory in Mocha would cut Al Houthi militants from a critical weapons supply source.

Saeed Al Batati

Al Mukalla: Yemeni forces have closed in on a major Al Houthi military camp in Al Omari region after liberating Dhobab from the rebels and fighters loyal to the ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, an army commander has said.

Major General Fadhel Hassan, who is also the commander of Aden-based 4th Military Region, told Gulf News by telephone from the battlefield that government forces and allied resistance fighters completely ousted Al Houthi rebels from Dhobab and advanced deeply into Al Waziyia and Al Omeri regions in Taiz for the first time since early last year.

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Yemen’s Houthis say ready to help investigate attacks on international shipping

Yemen’s dominant Houthi group denied any role in missile strikes on U.S. warships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and offered to help investigate attacks on international shipping in the area, the news agency controlled by the group reported on Thursday.

The U.S. military on Thursday launched cruise missiles on three coastal radar sites in areas of Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthis, retaliating after failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said.

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