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 delegation to reject any plan that does not meet demands; Ould Cheikh Ahmed condemns illegal arrests; al Houthi and government forces clash in al Dhaleh governorate; al Houthi and government forces clash in al Dhabab, Taiz city; Yemeni army continues search for downed Emirati helicopter in Aden; al Houthi militias rob civilians in Amran

Horn of Africa: AMISOM forces mistakenly kill civilians following IED attack; al Shabaab occupies the town of El Ali, Hiraan region; UNHCR asks Kenyatta to extend Dadaab closure deadline

Yemen Security Brief

  • The al Houthi delegation at the Kuwait peace talks stated that it is ready to reject any United Nations agreement that does not meet its requests. Al Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam stated that his faction would reject any UN agreement that does not “meet the demands of the Yemeni people” in an interview with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. The al Houthis are prioritizing the formation of a national transitional government and safeguarding their political interests in the reconciliation process. UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed outlined a plan for political reconciliation at the Kuwait talks on June 13 that included reversing all changes made to state institutions by the al Houthi Revolutionary Committee.[1]
  • UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed condemned illegal arrests and bombings of houses conducted by al Houthi forces, stressing that such actions are incompatible with international human rights law and the values ??and ethics of Yemen. Ould Cheikh Ahmed added that he is counting on all Yemeni parties to eventually reach a final agreement, stressing that this long road to peace has not been easy at all.[2]
  • Al Houthi and government forces clashed in Maris, al Dhaleh governorate. Al Houthi forces suffered dozens of casualties. Popular resistance forces are besieging al Houthi forces in Yais, on the outskirts of Maris.[3]
  • Al Houthi fighters clashed with government forces in al Dhabab, western Taiz city, leaving four dead and 20 injured, including civilians. Government and popular resistance forces rebuffed attempts by al Houthi forces to advance in Thu’bat and Kalaba, Taiz.[4]
  • Yemeni army helicopters and naval vessels continued to search for the wreckage of an Emirati helicopter that crashed on June 13 on the Buraiqa coast, near Aden. This incident came one day after a similar crash on June 12, in which an Emirati helicopter crashed in international waters during routine operations, killing its captain and crew.[5]
  • Al Houthi militias robbed Yemeni nationals returning from Saudi Arabia in Amran governorate on June 14. The al Houthi militias appropriated these unknown sums of money for their war effort.[6]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops inadvertently killed two civilians and wounded two others in the aftermath of an improvised explosive device (IED) near Afgooye, Lower Shabelle region on June 14. The passing soldiers opened fire on the group after militants remotely detonated an IED in the road as they passed. No casualties were reported from the explosion.[7]
  • Al Shabaab militants occupied the town of El Ali in Hiraan region on June 13 after Ethiopian AMISOM troops withdrew. AMISOM described the withdrawal as a military tactic. Al Shabaab and AMISOM forces continue to fight for control of the centrally located Hiraan region.  Al Shabaab attacked the AMISOM base in Halgan, Hiraan region on June 9.[8]
  • The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) requested that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta extend the timeline for the closing of the Dadaab refugee camp on June 14. Kenyatta announced that his decision to close the camp by November was final on June 13. The Kenyans cited fears that al Shabaab recruits at Dadaab, which houses approximately 300,000 Somali refugees.[9]

[1] “Houthis meet UN solution with rejection,” Barakish, June 14, 2016,; “Head of Houthi delegation to reject any UN paper that does not meet its demands,” Egypt 24, June 14, 2016,; and “Gulf of Aden Security Review - June 13, 2016,” AEIs Critical Threats Project, June 13, 2016,
[2] “Ould Cheikh to the Houthis: Your actions are not of the Yemeni peoples’ ethics,” Akhbar Al Yemen, June 14, 2016,
[3] “Tens deaths and injuries for Houth and Saleh forces in heavy clashes in Maris in Dhaleh,” Al Masdar, June 14, 2016
[4] “Source: new battles in city of Taiz and 4 resistance deaths and 20 injured, including civilians” Al Masdar, June 14, 2016,
[5] “Helicopters and boats continued to search for the wreckage of an Emirati military plane that crashed in Yemen,” Akhbar Al Yemen, June 14, 2016; “Pilot and co-pilot die in UAE military helicopter crash,” The National, June 12, 2016
[6] “Houthis impose sums of money on the Yemeni expatriates returning from Saudi Arabia in Amran,” Akhbar al Yemen, June 14, 2016,
[7] “AMISOM Soldiers allegedly kill two in Afgooye town,” Goobjoog News, June 14, 2016,
[8] “Ethiopian troops retreat town, Al Shabaab moves in,” Shabelle News, June 13, 2016,
[9] “More time needed to send Somali refugees home, U.N. tells Kenya,” Goobjoog News, June 14, 2016,
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