attempted attack by Somali pirates on a Yemeni tanker was foiled by
warships and helicopters after an overnight pursuit in the red sea,
Meanwhile, the state-run 26sep.net cited sources at the navy as saying
that Yemen Oil 7, was on the way from Aden port to Al- Hodeidah port
when pirates attacked it on Tuesday noon.
The Yemeni marines clashed with the Somalis pirates forcing them to flee
out of Yemeni regional waters, the same source said, adding that the
tanker continued its voyage safely.
Since the beginning of this month so far, three attempted pirate attacks
against Yemeni oil tankers in the Red Sea were thwarted by the Yemeni
Many pirates had been released because they could not be prosecuted
under some countries laws. However, in Yemen many of them jailed and
prosecuted, political analyst who spoke in anonymity said.
He said that Dutch commandos serving with the Nato anti-piracy operation
freed 20 pirate captives from Yemen.
To restrict piracy and terrorism in the Gulf of Aden, Yemen established
a Coast Patrol Authority.
However, Yemeni official said that establishing roads for a coastline
which is over 2,200 kilometers long is a complicated process that needs
a huge budget and long period.
U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently unveiled a plan to
tackle piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean off Somalia.
Somali pirates carried out 150 maritime piracy operations and attempted
a further 69 last year in the international waters of the Gulf of Aden
and the Arabian Sea. These acts resulted in 815 passengers and crew
members being taken as hostages, 592 of whom were released. More than 40
vessels were already arrested along with crews onboard. Pirates usually
demand ransoms, millions of dollars, to free what they seize
Yemen Post Wednesday, 22, July, 2009