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18 Nov 2019 | 09:17 PM UTC

Yemen: Houthis seize vessel in the Red Sea November 17

Yemen News Alert

Houthi rebels seize vessel in the Red Sea on November 17; similar incidents possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 11/19/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Yemen

Event

Officials with the Saudi-led military coalition said Houthi rebels seized a vessel towing a South Korean drilling rig in the Red Sea on Sunday, November 17. As of Monday, November 18, it remains unclear how many crew members were onboard the ship, or what country the vessel is registered to. A Houthi spokesman said on Monday that an investigation is underway to determine the ship's flag state, adding that the vessel would be released if it belongs to South Korea.

Similar incidents are possible in the Red Sea over the near term.

Context

Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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