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Saudi tankers resume Bab al-Mandab transits

10 August 2018

Saudi tankers are again moving through the Bab al-Mandab strait into the Red Sea after a 10-day suspension of transits, IHS Markit maritime data has confirmed.

Saudi Arabia announced that it was temporarily suspending oil shipments through the strait on 25 July after two tankers were attacked by the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (the Houthis).

Ansar Allah did not claim responsibility for attacking the tankers, but said it hit a Saudi frigate on that day. One of its senior leaders then announced on 31 July that the group was suspending its naval operations.

The Saudi energy minister released a statement on 4 August saying the oil shipment suspension had been lifted after confirmation that the Saudi-led coalition was taking the necessary measures to protect ships from coalition countries as they moved through the Bab al-Mandab strait and southern Red Sea.

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