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 Houthi militants clash with tribal forces in Ma’rib; Hadramawt Tribal Alliance announces recruitment effort; popular resistance fighters retake government infrastructure in al Dhaleh
Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab targets UN with IED in Mudug region; security increased across Kenya to prevent al Shabaab attacks
Yemen Security Brief
- Al Houthi militants continued clashes with tribesmen in Sirwah and Majzar, Ma’rib on April 28. A reported 40 al Houthis and 12 tribal militants were killed in the clashes. The al Houthi movement has gradually been advancing towards Ma’rib city, the capital of the governorate.
- The Hadramawt Tribal Alliance announced plans to recruit a force of 20,000 fighters to repel any al Houthi advances into the governorate.
- Popular resistance fighters reportedly seized control of government buildings following heavy clashes with al Houthi militants in al Dhaleh city, al Dhaleh, on April 28. A reported 26 people were killed in the fighting.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- Al Shabaab detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting a UN vehicle in Galkayo, Mudug region on April 28. Al Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the attack, which wounded two UN guards.
- Security forces in Kenya increased security across the country on April 27 after warnings of a possible al Shabaab high-profile attack. A Nairobi police official reported that al Shabaab was planning attacks on government buildings and public meeting places in Nairobi.