When some refugees fled across the Bab-el-Mandeb
, unknown troops on the Yemen mainland fired artillery at their boats.
Riyadh is paying back Cairo for the involvement of the Egyptian air force and fleet in the war in Yemen, comprising the recent capture of Hanish Island in the Bab-el-Mandeb
He went on to say that upon arrival in Aden, the Saudi alliance officers divided them into three groups: one went to Bab-el-Mandeb
strait, one to Ma'rib, and one to the Saudi regions of Jizan and Asir in order to join the alliance's forces which had sustained great losses during their battles there.
Yemeni resistance controls two strategic areas near Bab-el-Mandeb
strait right near the port serves as the transit point for some of the biggest oil trading routes, which go through the Suez Canal.
Yemenis cross the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb
using unsafe fishing boats, in a too risky voyage across the world's most crowded waterway.
That accident marked a delicate moment in the history of the strait: After the collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of the Caspian oil reserves in the 1990s, the Bosporus became one of the world's six busiest oil-shipping routes, along with the Suez Canal, the Strait of Malacca, Bab-el-Mandeb
, the Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Dover.
The Houthis continued with their march to control more and more territory seizing Al Anad airbase and headed towards the port of Mocha on the Red Sea, which would give them access to Bab-el-Mandeb
However, the presence of a very poor country which controls the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb
, and which has a dense population that shares the peninsula, which--apart from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia--is comprised of sparsely populated small countries with huge wealth, is a conundrum which needs to be solved.
Iran Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on January 16 that the 24th fleet would "patrol the north of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, Bab-el-Mandeb
, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea for three months.
This supports other evidence showing that sea levels might have been low enough around 60-70,000 years ago for humans to cross from the horn of Africa into Arabia via the Bab-el-Mandeb
straits in the Red Sea.
In an article carried by the Israeli daily Haaretz, Bligh said that the four most important maritime passage ways in the world are the Suez Canal, the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb
, the Strait of Hormuz and the Black Sea.