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Saudi Arabia resumes oil shipments through Bab-El-Mandeb

Aug 05, 2018
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Saudi Arabia has resumed shipment of oil through the Bab-El-Mandeb strait a week after it temporarily halting taking the narrow sea route where two tankers carrying its oil were attacked.

Khalid A. Al-Falih, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, said it the country has resumed shipments early Saturday, according to a statement on the state’s Saudi Press Agency.

This follows a confirmation by Saudi-led joint forces coalition having taken necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of the coalition states' ships transiting through the strait of Bab-El-Mandeb and the southern parts of the Red Sea.

“The decision to resume oil shipment through the strait of Bab-El-Mandeb was made after the leadership of the Coalition has taken necessary measures to protect the Coalition States' ships," Al-Falih said.

Saudi Aramco on July 26 had said two Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), each with a two million barrels capacity, operated by the Saudi National Shipping Company, Bahri, and transporting Saudi Aramco crude oil were attacked by terrorist Houthi militia. It said one of the ships sustained minimal damage but no injuries or oil spills resulted.

Bab-el-Mandeb is a strait located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, and Djibouti and Eritrea in the Horn of Africa, connecting the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. It is only 20 km wide, making it difficult for hundreds of ships to avoid a potential attack.

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