Iran 'could use Houthis to disrupt key maritime routes'

Analysts say Iran could threaten oil flow through the strategic Bab el Mandeb strait but navy monitoring hopes to mitigate any risk Ramola Talwar Badam Heightened tensions between the US and Iran has raised concerns that Tehran could organise Houthi attacks on merchant ships passing through strategic trading routes in the Gulf. “There will be concern […]

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 […]

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

By ERIC SCHMITT 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Royal Saudi Navy Chief: Bab al-Mandeb and Red Sea security paramount

The commander of the Saudi Royal Navy stressed the importance of maritime security in the southern Red Sea, strait of Bab al-Mandab and the Gulf of Aden. Vice Admiral Abdullah bin Sultan al-Sultan commended the role and efforts exerted by the Arab Coalition countries led by the Kingdom to maintain the security of these important […]

Yemen rebels warn ally Saleh will pay in war of words

The allies traded accusations this week of back-stabbing in televised speeches Sana’a: Yemen’s Al Houthi rebels on Wednesday warned ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, their main ally in the country’s war, that he would “bear the consequences” after calling the Iran-backed rebels “militias”. Fears are now mounting that violence could break out in Sana’a around […]

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. To continue reading, please […]

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. […]

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 […]