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Gard Alert: Red Sea Security Warning

October 17, 2016

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 The conflict in Yemen is reportedly escalating and maritime authorities continue to urge vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden region to operate in a heightened state of alert.

 
The conflict in Yemen is escalating and two missile attacks on vessels operating off the coast of Yemen have now been reported. The first attack occurred on 1 October 2016 and targeted a vessel operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) military; the second occurred on 9 October 2016 and targeted a US Navy vessel. 
 
The most likely targets in the region are still considered to be military vessels, however, commercial vessels transiting the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait may face increased risk of collateral damage and must continue to operate in a heightened state of alert.
 
Members and clients should take note of the recent security warnings issued by various maritime authorities and applicable to vessels operating in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and Gulf of Aden.
 
According to a US Navy notice to mariners of 9 October 2016, all commercial vessels operating in the waters of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden are recommended to be aware of the ongoing conflict in Yemen, as a threat may come from a variety of different sources such as missiles, projectiles or waterborne improvised explosive devices and maintain the farthest possible distance from the coast of Yemen.
 


 
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