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 shell Yemeni State TV building in Sana’a; Yemeni army tanks surround arrive at President Hadi’s residence; Yemeni Air Force launches strikes in Sana’a; UN Special Envoy to Yemen leaves negotiations al Houthi leader in Sa’ada; suspected AQAP gunmen assassinate Yemeni military official in Taiz

Horn of Africa: Unidentified assailants attack café in Kenya’s North Eastern Province; Civilians protest security issues in Mogadishu and Kenya’s North Eastern Province

Yemen Security Brief

  • Al Houthi militants shelled the Yemeni State TV headquarters in Sana’a on September 18, amidst a continuation of clashes against Yemeni soldiers and al Islah party tribesmen in northwestern Sana’a. The Yemeni 314th Armored Brigade arrived at the TV headquarters on September 19 to assist in combatting the al Houthi militants. Additionally, international airlines suspended flights to and from Sana’a International Airport, while the airport itself allegedly announced a closure of at least 24 hours on September 19. Lastly, communications, including telephone and internet services, were cut in Sana’a on September 18 but were restored hours later.[1]
  • Yemeni Army tanks arrived at the home of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Sana’a on September 19, as al Houthi forces continue to fight in the northwestern sections of the capital.[2]
  • The Yemeni Air Force launched airstrikes against al Houthi positions in Shamlan and along Thalathin Street in northwestern Sana’a on September 19.[3]
  • The United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, left negotiations with al Houthi leader Abdul Malik al Houthi in Sa’ada on September 19. Abdul Malik al Houthi sent two delegates to Sana’a to complete negotiations. It remains unclear whether a deal will be reached.[4]
  • Suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) gunmen assassinated Colonel Mustafa Qudsi in Taiz on September 18. Separately, AQAP militants attacked a military outpost al Abr, Hadramawt on September 19, killing two soldiers.[5]

Horn of Africa Brief 

  • Unidentified assailants conducted grenade attack on a café, injuring eight civilians, in Wajir in Kenya’s North Eastern Province on September 19.[6] 
  • Hundreds of Mogadishu residents protested against AMISOM’s accidental killing of a nine year-old civilian in the capital on September 18. Separately, civilians demonstrated against the 18 September shooting of three civilians in Garissa in Kenya’s North Eastern Province on September 19. Kenyan police dispersed the crowds with tear gas.[7] 

[1] “Yemen: Houthi rebels and militia clash in Sanaa,” BBC News, September 19, 2014. Available:
“International airline suspends Yemen flights as bloody clashes kill 60,” Middle East Eye, 19 September, 2014. Available:
“Back telecom and internet service to the capital Sanaa,” Barakish, September 19, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Renewed clashes near the television building and tanks Tepe protects the Faculty of Science,” Barakish, September 14, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[2] Army tanks surrounded the house of Hadi progress after the Houthis,” al Watan al Arabi, September 19, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “News of the bombing of warplanes gatherings of Houthi gunmen in Street Thirty northwest of Sanaa,” al Masdar, September 19, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[4] “Benomar leaves Saada and news about the signing of the agreement in Sanaa during the hours of,” Barakish, September 19, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[5] “The assassination of a colonel in military intelligence in Taiz,” Barakish, September 18, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“The killing of two soldiers shot dead by Al-Qaeda in Hadramout,” al Watanye, September 19, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
Bafana3 Twitter Account, September 19, 2014.
[6] “Twin blasts injure 8 in northern Kenya,” Hiiraan Online, September 19, 2014. Available:
[7] “Hundreds Riot Against the Killing of 9 Year Old Boy by AMISOM,” Hiiran Online, September 18, 2014. Available:
Stephen Astariko, “Chaos mar protest of killings in Garissa,” September 19, 2014. Available:
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