Vessels Should Avoid Yemen Ports Until Further Notice

30 July 2015

Tensions across the country have remained high over the past several weeks, with the UN reporting that there are 21.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. 

On 1 July, the UN declared Yemen a level three emergency, which is the highest on it scale. On 9 July, the UN announced that a humanitarian ceasefire will be introduced in Yemen on 10 July and will last until the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, on 17 July.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes have continued to target Houthi positions along the border, as well as in Aden and the capital, Sanaa. On 5 July, Saudi-led airstrikes killed at thirty civilians in an attack that targeted a market in Hajja province while another air strike hit a marketplace in Fayoush, just outside the city of Aden, killing over 45 civilians. Clashes between local fighters and Houthi rebels have continued in Aden.

On 2 July, pro-government forces in the city of Taez launched a manhunt for 1,200 escaped prisoners, which include several al-Qaeda members, after they were allegedly freed by retreating rebel forces.

Both the Islamic State group (IS) and al- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have continued to exploit conditions on the ground in a bid to further their influence. On 7 July, IS claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a Shi’ite mosque in Sanaa that left one person dead and five others injured.

MS Risk continues to advise all vessels to avoid all Yemen ports until further notice. Vessels that have attempted to dock at Aden have been fired upon. The Red Sea ports of Hodeidah and Saleef remain in control of Houthi rebels. All vessels heading to these ports are required to have the correct permissions to arrive there. On approach, vessels will be searched by Saudi and Egyptian warships and may be denied entry to the ports.

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