Somali pirates extends their operations to Bab al-Mandab Strait

22/6/2010 -


SAhwa Net- Somali pirates have extended their operations to Bab al-Mandab because of bad weather in the Gulf of Aden, Yemen's interior ministry has affirmed on Tuesday.  


In a statement published in its website, the Interior Ministry revealed that Somali pirates attacked at least ten Yemeni ships and an oil tankers, pointing out that Yemen's coastguards could strongly check all attacks.


While it mentioned that Somali pirates increased their presence in Bab al-Mandab, it stressed that all measures necessary for combating pirates were taken.


Bab al-Mandab strait is a strategic and busy waterway linking the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea, and is navigated by shipping that passed through the Suez Canal.