Gulf of Aden Security Review
A regularly updated review of both Yemen and the Horn of Africa covering topics related to security, governance, and militant activity.
Yemen: Al Houthis kill three Saudi soldiers during border clashes; al Houthis clash with tribal militants in Ma’rib; airstrike targets AQAP militants; Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi appoints Khaled Bahah to vice presidency
Horn of Africa: Police kill suspected al Shabaab militants in Coast Province, Kenya
Yemen Security Brief
- Al Houthi militants killed three Saudi soldiers during an exchange of artillery fire in Najran, Saudi Arabia on April 11. Saudi authorities reportedly began assessing 96 villages along the Saudi-Yemeni border for possible evacuation on April 12 in response to the continued exchange of fire between the al Houthis and Saudi military on the border.
- Al Houthi militants clashed with tribal forces supported by military units in Sirwah, Ma’rib near the Sana’a-Ma’rib border on April 11-12. An estimated 35 people died in the fighting.
- An airstrike targeted a vehicle carrying suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants in Ghaydha, east of al Mukalla, Hadramawt on April 12. An estimated 5-7 militants died in the strike. It is unclear if the airstrike was part of Operation Decisive Storm or a U.S. airstrike.
- Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi appointed Khaled Bahah as the vice president of Yemen on April 12. Many see Bahah as a conciliatory figure across Yemen’s warring parties, and hope that his appointment may lead to negotiations.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- Police killed two suspected al Shabaab members in a gunfight in Ukanda, Coast province, Kenya on April 11. The two are believed to be connected to a group operating in the area with ties to al Shabaab.