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 fire missiles into Saudi Arabian territory; Popular Resistance forces seize territory near Ibb city

Horn of Africa: AMISOM confirms troops involved in July 31 deaths of Marka civilians

Yemen Security Brief

  • Al Houthi militants alleged they had fired a Tochka ballistic missile at a Saudi military base in Jizan on August 20. The al Houthis have claimed they have destroyed 32 Saudi tanks, 30 armored personnel carriers, and 111 vehicles in the Saudi provinces of Asir, Jizan, and Najran over the past four months.[1]
  • Popular Resistance forces seized al Tabab overlooking Ibb city, central Yemen, on August 21 from al Houthi militants. Resistance forces reported that they were able to push the al Houthis west toward al Udayn, Ibb.[2]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Special Representative to Somalia, Maman Sidikou, released a statement on August 21 addressing the July 31 shooting deaths of civilians in Marka, Lower Shabelle region. The statement indicates that AMISOM found seven civilians died during an incident involving AMISOM troops and that the mission has since arrested the troops. AMISOM is also accused of killing civilians in Marka on July 21, which the statement did not address.[3]
[1] Mohammed al Basha via Twitter, August 20, 2015. Available:
“Al Houthis fire ballistic missile on largest military base in Jizan,” al Khabar Now, August 20, 2015. [Arabic]. Available:
[2] “Resistance stationed in al Tabab east of Ibb city,” Barakish, August 21, 2015. [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “Statement by the African Union Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM addressing the 31st July 2015 Incident in Marka, Lower Shabelle Region of Somalia,” AMISOM, August 21, 2015. Available:


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