Saudi authorities engaged in a brutal conflict with Houti rebels in Yemen have claimed that the Houthis pose a serious threat to shipping through the Bab al-Mandeb strait, following an attack on an Emirati ship.

The conflict in Yemen is grinding and devastating. It is possible that this attack was solely related to the conflict and that non-conflict related vessels are safe from future attacks, especially as launching attacks like this is expensive and time consuming. Despite this, if you or clients are headed to the region it is worth being aware of the volatility, and of the potential for violence to spill over into non-conflict areas.

From the Middle East Eye

Saudi coalition says Houthis pose threat to shipping after attack on UAE vessel

“This incident demonstrates Houthi tactics of terrorist attacks against civilian international navigation in the Bab al-Mandab,” the coalition said in a statement.

The strait is a major shipping lane between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden leading into the Indian Ocean.

The rebels, in a statement posted on Saturday on their website, claimed the attack, which it said targeted and “completely destroyed” an Emirati warship with rockets as it neared Mokha on the Red Sea coast.

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