Iran Is Smuggling Increasingly Potent Weapons Into Yemen, U.S. Admiral Says

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The top American admiral in the Middle East said on Monday that Iran continues to smuggle illicit weapons and technology into Yemen, stoking the civil strife there and enabling Iranian-backed rebels to fire missiles into neighboring Saudi Arabia that are more precise and far-reaching.

Iran has been repeatedly accused of providing arms helping to fuel one side of the war in Yemen, in which rebels from the country’s north, the Houthis, ousted the government from the capital of Sana in 2014.

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Yemen’s Houthi leader says could target Saudi oil tankers if Hodeidah attacked

DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said on Thursday his group could target Saudi oil tankers should Saudi Arabia attack Yemen’s main port at Hodeidah.

“We could target Saudi oil tankers and we could do anything,” he said.

In a televised speech, the leader also said his group’s ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi and anywhere inside Saudi Arabia.

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Source: http://www.reuters.com/

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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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UN accuses Al Houthis of derailing aid efforts in Yemen

World body says relief material being hijacked in many cases and pushes for political solution to crisis wracking Yemen

United Nations: UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator, Jaime McGoldrick, has accused Al Houthi insurgents and troops loyal to deposed president Ali Saleh of derailing relief work in Yemen in the areas they are still controlling, reported the Saudi Press Agency, SPA.

According to the agency, McGoldrick said that, for months, humanitarian agencies have had to put up with delays on the part of Al Houthi rebels in facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid workers into Yemen, leading to serious hurdles in the delivery of assistance and the hijacking of aid vehicles.

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UK warns of potential commercial ship attacks off coast of Yemen

Commercial ships passing through the Bab al-Mandab strait off the coast of Yemen could face potential attacks, the British government warned.

Vessels travelling along the strategic route should remain vigilant of remote-controlled booby-trapped boats or rocket launchers, the government said, after two commercial carriers were attacked near the Yemeni isle of Perim.

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Source: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/

Red Cross to send test shipment of rice to stricken Yemen

GENEVA/HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) plans to send a test shipment of rice to Yemen this month in its first attempt since February to deliver food aid via the port of Hodeidah, which is held by Houthi fighters allied to Iran.

The port has been repeatedly hit by air strikes from a Saudi-led coalition, which has been fighting in Yemen since 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. It normally handles some 80 percent of Yemen’s food supplies as well as humanitarian aid.

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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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Teenage migrants ‘deliberately drowned’ by smugglers in Yemen

At least 29 teenage migrants were deliberately drowned by a people smuggler in Yemen, the UN’s migration agency says.

They were among 120 people who were deliberately pushed from a boat into the sea by the smuggler who apparently feared arrest.

Some 27 survivors were found on a beach by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on a routine patrol.

Twenty-two are missing while the rest have moved on, the IOM said.

It added in a statement that the average age of the Somali and Ethiopian passengers on the boat appeared to have been 16. They had been hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen.

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Houthis Threaten International Navigation Twice in 10 Days

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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/