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.
It also seeks to threaten the naval trade waterways in Straits of Hormuz and Bab-el-Mandeb
Thus, apart from being blessed with the vast majority of the world's hydrocarbon reserves, the MENA region has a major geographic significance due to its influence on key oil and gas shipping routes, which include the Strait of Hormuz as well as the Suez Canal and Bab-el-Mandeb
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.
Tehran rejects the bizarre Saudi allegations that it is trying to take over Yemen using proxies to assert control over the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb
Strait into the Red Sea.
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.
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.
On the interests the US government would find in the war on Yemen, the New York-based radio host said the access to the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb
Strait would be Washington's main goal.
Yemenis cross the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb
using unsafe fishing boats, in a too risky voyage across the world's most crowded waterway.