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: UN announces extension of Yemen’s truce agreement; Yemeni media reports the Houthis collected 70 billion Yemeni rials from fuel ships since April
Somalia: Al Shabaab attacks Kenyan forces in eastern Kenya; Danab clears al Shabaab from a village in southwestern Somalia; al Shabaab assassinates a Turkish Embassy staffer in Mogadishu
Yemen Security Brief:
UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg announced the extension of Yemen’s truce agreement for an additional two months on June 2.[i] The Presidential Leadership Council and the Houthis both welcomed the truce’s extension on May 31, though the Houthis conditioned their agreement upon progress in negotiations with the Yemeni government.[ii]
Yemeni media reported on June 1 that the Houthis have collected approximately 70 billion Yemeni rials from fuel ships docking at Hudaydah port since the truce took effect in early April.[iii] Eighteen total fuel ships docked at Hudaydah during the truce.
Somalia Security Brief:
Al Shabaab ambushed a Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) convoy and raided a KDF base near Garissa, eastern Kenya, on June 2.[iv] Al Shabaab claimed its militants wounded two soldiers in the convoy during the ambush and then proceeded to attack the base.[v] The convoy was traveling from the KDF base towards Bura, Tana River County.
Danab forces cleared al Shabaab militants from Yaq Halul village, Kismayo district, Lower Jubba, southwestern Somalia, on June 3.[vi] Security officials say Danab killed 11 al Shabaab militants and captured two AK47s and a PKM light machine gun.[vii]
Al Shabaab assassinated a Turkish Embassy staffer in Mogadishu, on June 2.[viii] The staffer was also an electoral delegate.[ix]
[i] UN Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, “Press statement by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg on the renewal of the UN-mediated truce,” June 2, 2022, https://osesgy.unmissions.org/press-statement-un-special-envoy-yemen-hans-grundberg-renewal-un-mediated-truce-0.
[ii] Brian Carter, Max Ryabinin, and Christopher Muth, “Gulf of Aden Security Review – June 1, 2022,” Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute, June 1, 2022, https://www.criticalthreats.org/briefs/gulf-of-aden-security-review/gulf-of-aden-security-review-june-1-2022; Al Alam, “Al Ruwaishan: We welcome the extension of the truce subject to alleviating the suffering of the Yemeni people,” May 31, 2022, https://www.alalam.ir/news/6202068.
[iii] Al Masdar, “With the date, name, tonnage and customs duties looted by the Houthi militia... Details of 18 fuel ships that entered the port of Hodeidah during the two months of the armistice,” June 1, 2022, https://almasdaronline.com/articles/252819.
[iv] Radio al Furqaan, “Car attack in Kenya burns, damages in Kenya,” June 2, 2022, https://radioalfurqaan.com/2022/06/weeraro-ka-dhacay-gaarisa-oo-gaari-looga-gubay-kenya-khasaare-kalana-lagu-gaarsiiyay/.
[v] SITE, “Shabaab Claims Raid on Military Base in Kenya's Garissa County, Killing Turkish Embassy Staffer in Mogadishu,” June 2, 2022, available by subscription at www.siteintelgroup.com.
[vi] Radio Risaala, “Fighting erupts on outskirts of Kismayo,” June 3, 2022, https://radiorisaala.com/dagaal-ka-dhacay-duleedka-kismaayo-faah-faahin-laga-helayo-9/.
[vii] @HarunMaruf, Twitter, June 3, 2022, https://twitter.com/HarunMaruf/status/1532715255511621632.
[viii] Radio al Furqaan, “Turkish embassy staffer killed in Mogadishu,” June 2, 2022, https://radioalfurqaan.com/2022/06/ergay-xildhibaan-oo-ka-tirsanaa-safaaradda-turkiga-ee-xamar-oo-la-dilay/.
[ix] SITE, “Shabaab Claims Raid on Military Base in Kenya's Garissa County, Killing Turkish Embassy Staffer in Mogadishu.”