Bab el Mandeb


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Bab el Mandeb

(băb ĕl măn`dĕb) [Arab.,= gate of tears], strait, 17 mi (27 km) wide, linking the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and separating the Arabian peninsula from E Africa. It is an important passage on the Indian Ocean–Mediterranean Sea shipping route via the Suez Canal. Control of the strategically located strait was long contested by Britain and France. The island of Perim is in the strait.

Bab el Mandeb

a strait between SW Arabia and E Africa, connecting the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden
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"One thing is certain: If the threat to the Bab el Mandeb shifts from piracy to militancy, shipping companies will have to rethink their safety protocols," the US-based global intelligence consultancy Stratfor observed in a recent analysis.
"If allowed to continue, Yemeni militants will eventually hit a tanker carrying liquefied natural gas or crude, causing a shock to international shippers that rely on the Bab el Mandeb, as well as the energy markets they service.
On land, we put stickers and brochures to enlighten people about maritime safety in Aden, Hodeida and Bab el Mandeb." He also said that the danger of going to the sea increases each year during July, August and September.
It also said that Isayas, with the cooperation of some Somali Islamist groups, are also colluding to control the Bab El Mandeb Straights in case of any escalation of conflict with the United States and Israel.
WASHINGTON, July 10 (KUNA) -- US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said late Tuesday that he had a discussion along with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, where they are "engaging now with a number of countries to see if we can put together a coalition that would ensure freedom of navigation both in the Straits of Hormuz and the Bab el Mandeb." Dunford told reporters "I think probably over the next couple of weeks we'll identify which nations have the political will to support that initiative and then we'll work directly with the militaries to identify the specific capabilities to support that." He added "this will be scalable.
"There are similar figures for Bab El Mandeb and the Suez Canal - so, we do work really hard with all our partners to make sure that the flow of traffic is maintained through the Strait of Hormuz and other areas.
The Vice President underlined the importance of Yemen's stability for the world and region's security, saying that the international interests were required to secure over 3.5 million barrels of oil pass daily through the Gulf of Aden and Bab el Mandeb to Europe, America and various countries.
Bahrain: Bahrain has condemned the attack by Houthis that targeted the USS Naval Mason destroyer in the Red Sea, stressing that this terrorist attack would threaten international navigation, exposing the commercial navigation in the Strait of Bab el Mandeb to risk.