An Iranian vessel that was fishing illegally in Somalia was seized by pirates, in the first successful hijacking in the region in almost 3 years.

Head of UN's office on Drugs and Crime, Alan Cole, has since warned of a potential resurgence in piracy in the region, following this latest hijacking, as well as the current unrest surrounding the Gulf of Aden and Bab El-Mandeb Strait.

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It has been reported that Houthi rebels have placed missiles, cannons and other heavy weaponry on two islands int he Red Sea, including Perim, the island that divides the Bab El-Mandeb Strait into two channels between Djibouti and Yemen.

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Despite the defensive blockading of the Bab El-Mandeb Strait by the Arab States' coalition, merchant vessels continue to transit through unaffected.

As the conflict in Yemen continues, there has been much concern expressed with regards to the potential effect on the merchant vessels that frequent the high-traffic shipping lane. However, there have been no reports of any merchant vessels experiencing issues when transiting through the Bab El-Mandeb Strait.

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