Stopping piracy has always been difficult, expensive and time consuming. However, the pirates of the 21st century have proven to be even more resilient.
The Gulf of Aden has been vulnerable to piracy since 2008 when pirates escalated hijack and ransom attempts on merchant ships. Ransom demands skyrocketed to millions of dollars.
But after a robust response from the international community the piracy menace was brought under control. The world heard little about piracy for years but media outlets are this year reporting that the Somali pirates are back. In May and June they hijacked fishing vessels that were sailing off the north-eastern coastal region of Somalia called Puntland.
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