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: Saudi Arabia proposes temporary ceasefire in Yemen after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State; Ansar al Sharia militants seize control of port in Hadramawt; Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government requests ground intervention in Yemen
Horn of Africa: Kenyan President rescinds threats to close Dabaab Refugee Camp; suspected al Shabaab member surrenders himself to Kenyan police
Yemen Security Brief
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on May 7. Also on May 7, Saudi foreign minister Adel al Jubeir announced a Saudi proposal for a five-day ceasefire in Yemen to allow for humanitarian relief. Jubeir emphasized that any ceasefire would be contingent upon the al Houthi movement and al Houthi-allied military units also agreeing to lay down arms.
- Ansar al Sharia militants seized control of al Shihr port, Hadramawt, on May 6. Ansar al Sharia has had a presence in al Shihr since April 16, when they seized control of Dhabah oil terminal.
- Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government in exile submitted a letter to the UN calling for international ground-intervention in Yemen on May 6. Saudi Arabia has not yet released a statement in response to Hadi’s request.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta stepped back previous threats to close Dabaab Refugee Camp and forcibly expel Somali refugees. President Kenyatta stated that there would be no forced repatriations on May 6 after a meeting with Antonio Guterres, the UN high commissioner for refugees. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry similarly urged Kenya not to close the Dabaab Refugee Camp during a May 4 visit to Kenya. Kenya’s threat to close Dabaab Refugee Camp was in reaction to the April 2 Garissa University attack by al Shabaab.
- A suspected al Shabaab member surrendered to Kenyan police in Garissa, North Eastern Province, Kenya, on May 5. The 22 year-old man is believed to have walked from Somalia into Kenya to surrender. Kenya currently has an amnesty program for defecting al Shabaab members.