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Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean attacks expose Africa’s maritime vulnerability

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Attacks on shipping in the Red Sea by the Houthi militia in Yemen have exposed the vulnerability of African maritime security. Since November 2023,...

Chinese tanker targeted by Houthi anti-ship missiles

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A Chinese owned and operated crude oil tanker, the 115 449-dwt Huang Pu (IMO 9402469) became the target of a number of Houthi-fired anti-ship...

Houthi ship attacks put sailors’ lives at risk – EU

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Last week’s attack on the bulk carrier True Confidence in the Gulf of Aden drew condemnation from the European Union (EU), which is now...

Tanker hit by missile off Aden, two seafarers killed

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In a further escalation of the events in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, a Greek bulk carrier, True Confidence (IMO 9460784) has...

Houthi attacks continue as Italian destroyer gets into the action

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There has been little let-up in the ongoing drama off the Yemeni coast in both the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, with further...

Houthi’s may have scuttled abandoned British bulker Rubymar

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Reports coming out of the Middle East suggest the Houthi militia may have had a hand in scuttling the drifting UK-owned bulk carrier Rubymar. British...

Rubymar becomes first vessel to sink after Houthi attack

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Over the last four months, Houthi forces have attacked dozens of vessels in and around the Red Sea, with the first recorded sinking taking...

German frigate Hessen into action in Red Sea, shoots down drones

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The German Navy frigate Hessen, which has joined the EU naval mission named Aspides (meaning shield) to help protect and secure merchant shipping wanting...

EU Red Sea naval operation will safeguard freedom of navigation

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The third European Union (EU) naval operation off Africa – Aspides – was launched yesterday (Monday, 19 February) as a defensive maritime security effort...

Germany sends frigate Hessen to join EU mission in Red Sea

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After receiving approval from the German government to join a European Union military mission to assist in protecting shipping in the Red Sea, the...

Another ship damaged in Houthi attack

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A merchant vessel has suffered minor damage after coming under fire from a Houthi missile in the Gulf of Aden, while US forces have...

Another ship damaged by Houthi missiles

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Houthi rebels have hit another merchant vessel off Yemen, damaging a cargo ship transiting the Red Sea. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said in...

Impact of Red Sea crisis on Africa – red flag or...

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Still reeling from the effects of COVID-19 and the Ukraine war, African countries face yet another geopolitical hurdle with the Red Sea crisis and...

Red Sea maritime situation worsens

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Threats to maritime safety in the Red Sea have widened and now include the Gulf of Aden and north-western Indian Ocean. Last week and during...

Houthi militant attacks in the Red Sea raise fears of Somali...

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Renewed attacks on ships by suspected Somali pirates since November 2023 have fuelled fear of a new threat of piracy off the east coast...

Indian Navy rescues another pirated vessel off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has foiled two hijackings by Somali pirates within days, rescuing 19 crew in the latest incident off the Horn of Africa. The...

Houthi missile strikes US merchant ship

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A Houthi anti-ship ballistic missile struck a US-owned and operated cargo ship on Monday 15 January, US Central Command said in a statement. The vessel,...

Red Sea crisis: expert unpacks Houthi attacks and other security threats

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Recent attacks on commercial vessels by Houthi militia in the Red Sea have put the vital shipping region in the spotlight. The Yemen-based rebels...

US and UK military launch attacks against Houthi targets in Yemen...

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Following repeated attacks using UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), anti-ship and ballistic missiles and a manned multiple boat attack on commercial and US and UK...

Houthi rebel Red Sea attacks and the threat of escalation and...

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US and UK warships have repelled a mass drone attack launched by Yemeni Houthis rebels at commercial shipping in the Red Sea. The incident,...

US and UK counter large Houthi attack in Red Sea

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United States and United Kingdom forces in the Red Sea have countered a large Houthi attack directed at merchant vessels in international shipping lanes,...

Commitment to US Red Sea naval task force grows

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At least 20 countries have, according to the United States (US) Department of Defense (DoD), signed on to be part of Operation Prosperity Guardian,...

Houthi hijacking in the Red Sea a disturbing escalation – Dryad

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The Bahamian flagged M/V Galaxy Leader was the target of a Houthi insurgent hijacking, approximately 50 nautical miles west of Hodeida in the Red...

Norwegian tanker Strinda struck by missile in Red Sea

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A Norwegian registered and operated oil and chemical products tanker, Strinda (IMO 9330771), was hit by a missile launched from Yemen at about midnight...

Increasing number of ships avoid the Red Sea and turn for...

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Because of threats posed by the rebel Houthi forces in Yemen, an increased number of merchant ships are avoiding the Red Sea and Suez...

Missile and drone attacks on Israeli linked ships in Red Sea

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Several Israeli-linked commercial ships have diverted around the Cape to avoid sailing through the Suez Canal and Red Sea, as number of other ships...

US Navy liberates Israeli tanker seized by Houthi forces

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Action taken by US Navy forces operating off the coast of Yemen have liberated an Israeli chemical products tanker, the 19 998-dwt Central Park...

SA condemns deadly attack directed on United Arab Emirates

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The South African government says it is concerned about the escalating tensions in the Gulf region after a deadly drone attack by Yemen's Houthi...

Saudi bourse on course to extend losses after drone attacks

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Most major stock markets in the Gulf fell in early trade on Monday, with the Saudi index leading the losses a day after its...

Saudis intercept Houthi missile and drones aimed at oil region

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Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile and armed drones fired at its oil-rich Eastern Region by Yemen's Houthi group on Saturday, and two children...

Eight wounded in Houthi drone strikes on Saudi Abha airport

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At least eight people were wounded on Monday in Houthi drone strikes on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport that also damaged a civilian airplane, Saudi...

Saudi air defences intercept 17 Houthi armed drones – state TV

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Saudi Arabian air defences late on Saturday destroyed six armed drones launched by Yemen's Houthi movement towards the kingdom, bringing the total it intercepted...

Coalition says it intercepted Houthi missile and drone attack on Saudi...

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Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group on Thursday said its forces had launched 12 ballistic missiles and drones towards a site belonging to the Saudi state...

Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi rigged boats, drones – state media

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The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi forces has destroyed two explosive-laden boats that the Iran-aligned group planned to use in an “imminent” attack launched...

Saudi-led coalition lets four fuel ships dock at Yemen’s Hodeidah port:...

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The Saudi-led coalition has allowed four fuel ships to dock at Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeidah, two sources familiar with the matter said,...

Saudi-led coalition intensifies Yemen air strikes, hits grains port

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen unleashed dozens of air strikes against what it called Houthi military targets in the country’s north, including the...

Houthi ballistic missiles land in uninhabited Saudi land, coalition says

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Two ballistic missiles fired by Yemen’ Iran-aligned Houthi group landed in uninhabited border areas of southern Saudi Arabia on Monday, the ‮Saud‬i-l‮ed coalitio‬n‮ ‬fighting...

Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi ‘hostile aerial target’ in Yemen’s Marib

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen destroyed on Wednesday a “hostile aerial target”, belonging to the Iran-aligned Houthi forces in Yemen’s Marib city, Saudi...

Yemen’s Houthis say fired drones, missiles at Saudi oil facilities, military...

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Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement fired 14 drones and eight ballistic missiles at facilities of oil firm Saudi Aramco in Ras Tanura and at military...

Saudi-led coalition says it downed four drones fired by Houthis towards...

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said it had destroyed four explosive drones fired towards the kingdom on Friday, with the...

Saudi-led coalition says intercepted four Houthi armed drones

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The Saudi-led military coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday it had intercepted and destroyed four armed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement...

Saudi-led forces thwart air attack on Riyadh – Saudi TV

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The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi movement said it had thwarted an attack towards the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Saturday, Saudi state television...

US exempts UN, aid groups from effort to cut off Yemen’s...

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The United States on Tuesday exempted aid groups, the United Nations, the Red Cross and the export of agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices...

Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says it intercepted three Houthi drones

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthis in Yemen said on Friday it had intercepted and destroyed three explosive-laden drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement...

US plans to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as foreign terrorist group

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The United States plans to designate Yemen’s Houthi movement as a foreign terrorist organization, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, a move that diplomats...

Yemen’s war shifts focus to Marib, thousands of displaced at risk

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In Yemen’s gas-rich region of Marib, fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed government recited Koranic verses before launching a hail of mortar and machine gun...

Saudi-led coalition says intercepts drone, Houthis say Abha airport hit

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A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Thursday it had intercepted and destroyed an explosive drone launched towards the kingdom, as Yemen’s Houthi...

Houthis say Saudi’s Abha airport targeted with drones, disabled for hours

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A military spokesman for Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis said that the group targeted Saudi Arabia’s Abha International Airport with a number of drones. Yahya Sarea wrote...

Saudi-led coalition downs ballistic missile aimed at kingdom -SPA

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen said on Sunday in a statement carried by state news agency SPA that it had...

Pompeo says US seized Iranian weapons on way to Houthi rebels...

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that US and partner forces seized a boat in June carrying Iranian weapons to Houthi...