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Yemen’s worsening humanitarian crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 18 aprile 2017

YemenAFTER two years of war, a quarter of Yemen’s 28m people are on the brink of starvation. Attention is now turning to Hodeida (pictured), the country’s biggest port, through which the majority of food passes, especially to the rebel-held north where the bulk of the population lives. A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by Western nations, which sides with the president, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is finalising plans to invade and take the port. An attack is imminent, say UN observers. A successful raid could push rebel forces—a combination of Shia revivalists, Houthis and soldiers loyal to the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh—into the mountains and Sana’a, Yemen’s capital. But aid agencies and UN officials warn that fighting over the port would aggravate Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. Yemen relies on imports for 90% of its food, and even before the war Hodeida handled most of its food trade. The Saudi-led coalition laid siege to the rebel-held port from the moment it entered the war two years ago. Its bombing has badly damaged facilities, disabling the cranes which unload cargo. A Saudi-led effort has stopped the UN from installing replacements (kept in a warehouse in Dubai). As supplies have dwindled, levels of hunger have risen sharply. Shipments resumed partially after a year of fighting, thanks to a UN monitoring mechanism. More than 3.5m tonnes of food and almost 2m tonnes of fuel have since entered rebel-controlled ports. But the UN operates under strict supervision from Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian navies, which say they are enforcing a weapons embargo. Aid agencies fear that a major assult on Hodeida would cut supply lines to the rebel-held north, including Sana’a. That would be devastating for the two-thirds of Yemenis dependent on food aid. The coalition argues that supplies could instead pass through ports under their control in the south, particularly Aden. Indeed, since Yemen’s southern ports remain under the control of coalition-backed forces and operate freely, that is already beginning to happen. But aid agencies protest that Aden’s current capacity is insufficient to feed the entire country. The road north is also dotted with checkpoints, where armed groups, including al-Qaeda, demand heavy bribes. For the poor, the prices of staples are increasingly beyond reach. The consequences of a raid on Hodeida will be far-reaching. If the attack fails, the Saudi-led coalition will be humiliated, perhaps to the point of unravelling. A successful assault might see the coalition wrest control of the western coast but it would worsen Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. All sides have already tried to starve their foes into submission, so far to little advantage. Moreover, the loss of Hodeida would deprive the rebels of their main source of income. An assault on Hodeida might not end the fighting, but whatever the outcome it could shift a prolonged stalemate and determine the rest of the war’s trajectory. (font: The Economist) (photo: yemen)

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Nato: Japan cooperation in Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 agosto 2010

London – The Nato warship Hnlms De Zeven Provincïen, working in conjunction with a Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) helicopter disrupted a single skiff pirate attack on MV Anangal Innovation this morning.  Mv Anangal Innovation, a Greek-flagged ship, reported being approached by a small skiff while transiting eastbound in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden.  Commodore Christian Rune, Royal Danish Navy, Commander, Task Force 508, stated: “The helo and ship crews from Jmsdf Murasame and Hnlms De Zeven Provincïen responded magnificently in disrupting another piracy attack in the IRTC.  The cooperation between Japanese Maritime Self Defence Forces and Nato is proof of the commitment by the international community to establish a secure maritime environment in the Horn of Africa region”.The helicopter from Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) ship Murasame quickly responded to the call from the merchant ship.  As the JMSDF helicopter approached the skiff, the suspected pirates broke off the attack and the crew of the helicopter observed the suspected pirates throwing their weapons and other pirate related paraphernalia overboard.
NATO warship Hnlms De Zeven Provincïen was dispatched by Commander, Task Force 508 to intercept skiff.  After relieving the JMSDF helicopter following the skiff, a helicopter from the Hnlms De Zeven Provincïen unsuccessfully attempted to stop the skiff.  The skiff refused to stop even after warning shots were fired from the helicopter.  The skiff was finally stopped after warning shots were fired from De Zeven Provincïen upon arriving on scene.  A team from DE ZEVEN PROVINCÏEN boarded the skiff revealing that the suspected pirates had thrown, not only their weapons, but also ladders and other pirating materials overboard.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.
NATO has recently announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012.

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Mv Suez pirated in the Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 agosto 2010

At approximately 0415 GMT, the container ship MV Suez reported that they were under attack by one white skiff (small boat) and shots had been fired at the motor vessel to force it to stop.  The ship was reportedly employing Best Management Practices, having barbed wire in place and fire hoses ready.  Two NATO warships, HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën and USS Cole, from the NATO counter piracy task force undertaking Operation OCEAN SHIELD, and a Singaporean warship the RSS Endurance from the CMF taskforce were within forty miles of MV Suez at the time of the attack. Despite reacting immediately and having a helicopter on the scene within 10 minutes, naval forces were unable to prevent the attack as the pirates had been able to board the ship within 5 minutes.  This incident highlights that the IRTC is still an area where piracy occurs and that the presence of warships and the employment of Best Management Practices are not guarantees of immunity.
NATO Maritime Command Northwood’s Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Hank Ort commented that, “It is imperative that vessels continue to employ anti-piracy measures, maintain an effective lookout and react robustly, in order to resist pirate attacks for long enough to allow naval forces to reach the scene and intervene before the pirates are onboard.”  MV Suez, a Panamanian-flagged ship with a crew of 24, was travelling eastbound though the Gulf of Aden towards the Suez Canal.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.    NATO has recently announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012.  The NATO Task Force consists of 2 ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group 2.  These are:  Hnlms De Zeven Provinciën (Flagship) – The Netherlands Uss Cole – Us

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Nato Remains Vigilant in Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 marzo 2010

London: Today marks the first anniversary of NATO ships in the Gulf of Aden to fight piracy. Five NATO ships arrived in the Gulf of Aden on 24th March 2009 as part of NATO’s counter piracy mission, Operation Allied Protector. Their aim was to disrupt and deter the piracy that was rife in the Gulf of Aden at that time. A year later our ships are still there but with an enhanced operational aim and with notable successes achieved.

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