Coalition says Yemen rebels of hindering food imports

Fifteen cargo ships carrying food and fuel and authorised by the coalition still waiting to dock in Hodeida

Riyadh: The Saudi-led military coalition fighting to restore Yemen’s internationally-recognised government accused Iran-backed rebels of delaying vital food and other imports through a major Red Sea port.

“Al Houthi militiamen, who control the port of Hodeida, continue to hinder the unloading of commercial cargo ships loaded with essential goods, food and humanitarian aid for the Yemeni people,” a coalition spokesman said.

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6 Alleged Somali Pirates in Yemen jail since 2009 Plead for Help

6 alleged Somali pirates who are currently jailed inside a prison at the Yemen capital, San’a plead for help from the Federal government of Somalia, the group said in an interview with Horn Observer.

Yemen navy arrested the alleged pirates off the coast of Yemen in 2009 where they were later arrested at a prison in Mukala. Later Yemen court sentenced them to death and were transferred to San’a, the capital, before the Houthis rebels took over the city.

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US air strikes ‘kill’ militants in Somalia

The US has killed six members of militant Islamist group al-Shabab in three air strikes in southern Somalia, the US Africa Command has said.

The operation was carried under new powers given to US forces by President Donald Trump in March, allowing for “lethal action” against the al-Qaeda affiliate.

Mr Trump designated some areas of Somalia as active war zones, meaning US forces required less high-level vetting to carry out strikes against the militants, US-based Newsweek magazine reported.

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EU nations authorized their vessels to unlawfully fish in African waters

WRITTEN BY Abdi Latif Dahir

For more than three years, European Union members states authorized unlawful fishing activities off the coast of Africa in contravention of common regional laws and policies, a new report shows.

Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization for ocean conservation, said that Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain violated the laws of the European Common Fisheries Policy by awarding private fishing authorizations to vessels, which granted them access to waters in The Gambia and Equatorial Guinea. Using an online monitoring tool, Oceana recorded 19 EU-flagged vessels that illegally fished for almost 32,000 hours in African waters from April 2012 through to August 2015.

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India stakes claim on ‘killer’ Italian marines

Neeraj Chauha

NEW DELHI: Not keen to let off the Italian marines, the government has recently informed the the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague that “India has jurisdiction over the Italian marines – Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone who had committed murder aboard the Indian fishing vessel St Antony at Kollam, Kerala, within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India”.

According to top government sources, a detailed counter-memorial in response to Italy’s memorial filed on September 30, 2016 has been filed before the arbitral tribunal constituted under Annexure VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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Operation Atalanta Force Commander Visits Mogadishu to strengthen Partnerships

EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta’s Force Commander, Rear Admiral Fabio Gregori, visited Mogadishu to meet international partners from  the United Nations Assistance Mission to Somalia (UNSOM), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and military partners including the US.

Admiral Gregori held an exchange of views with each host on the ongoing international efforts to support the Somali Federal Government in enhancing the security situation ashore and on the developments regarding the maritime domain. In addition, Admiral Gregori met with representatives from European Union Member States to provide an update on the situation at sea.

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U.S. denies Iran report of confrontation with U.S. vessel

BEIRUT (Reuters) – An Iranian military vessel confronted an American warship in the Gulf and warned it to stay away from a damaged Iranian fishing boat, Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday, but the U.S. Navy denied any direct contact with Iranian forces.

The American vessel turned away after the warning from the Iranian ship, which belonged to the naval branch of the Iranian army, according to Tasnim. The Iranian military vessel then towed the fishing boat, which had sent out a distress signal after taking on water, back to shore.

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60 more Somali pirates convicted, to be deported

Rebecca Samervel

Mumbai: A special court on Friday convicted 60 Somali pirates who were caught in Indian waters in 2011. The case was abated against one accused who died during trial. Special judge Jayendra C Jagdale sentenced the accused to seven years’ imprisonment on charges of attempt to murder and kidnapping.

It’s the fourth and last conviction of Somali pirates in custody in the city over the last month; 119 pirates have been convicted so far.

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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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85% of Yemen under government control

Iran’s dream of gaining a foothold in Yemen has failed, says Bin Dagher

Saeed Al Batati

Al Mukalla: The prime minister of Yemen has said that his forces have taken control of 85 per cent of Yemen territory thanks to massive air and logistic support from the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

At a meeting with Saudi, Emirati, Sudanese and Bahraini military officials in Aden, Ahmad Obaid Bin Dagher said the government of president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi has denied Iran all means to have a foothold in Yemen and purged Al Houthi, Al Qaida and other militant groups from most of the country, vowing to mount a new push to wrest the capital from rebels.

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