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Oil Tanker Passing Through Red Sea Attacked By Unknown Militants


An oil tanker passing through the Red Sea near Yemen suffered an attack on Wednesday perpetrated by unknown agents, according to the European Union’s naval forces.

The assailants used rocket-propelled grenades on a tanker bearing the Marshall Islands’ flag in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, which is the focus of the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran being fought as the Yemeni Civil War.

Four million barrels of oil cross the strait on a daily basis, headed to various destinations in Europe, the United States, and Asia.

Yemen’s Red Sea port, near the Bab al-Mandab strait, is currently controlled by Shi’ite Houthis. Whichever party maintains control of it has a strategic advantage because it provides a direct connection the Middle East (where the world’s largest proven oil reserves are) and Sub-Saharan Africa (a region expected to see a four-fold increase in energy demand by 2040), making it a coveted geopolitical prize for regional powers, but a livelihood-destroying burden for the Yemeni people.
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The Sunni coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and backed by Gulf allies, fears that if the Houthis gain full and lasting control of this port, they (and Iran) could use it to blackmail their enemies, paralyzing oil trade via the passage.

Holding roughly four billion barrels of oil reserves, Yemen itself makes limited use of the strait compared to the vast potential of the waterway. Roughly one year before the civil war began, Yemen’s oil production topped 127,000 barrels per day, but hostilities have forced the exit of virtually all international producers due to security concerns. Existing fields are close to maturity, and in the absence of new oil discoveries, the country’s crude reserves will be exhausted in less than a decade.

By Zainab Calcuttawala for

6 Comments on "Oil Tanker Passing Through Red Sea Attacked By Unknown Militants"

  1. Cloggie on Wed, 31st May 2017 3:55 pm 

    Four years ago a similar attack took place at the other side of the same water way:

    With the rise of a multi-polar world order, secure and free passage through these naval bottlenecks will be ever less guaranteed.

  2. ALCIADA-MOLE on Wed, 31st May 2017 5:30 pm 

    guys Putin is a saint of Russia and his henchmen are issuing threats like this on a daily basis and all the military “peace” parade.

    Wonder if Russia funds the alternative media too.

    When Putin kills off political opponents alternative media says it’s a peaceful act of compassion.

    I think I need to up my meds as sissy said.

  3. Cloggie on Wed, 31st May 2017 5:39 pm 

    Pat Buchanan on a possible breakup of the West:

  4. Apneaman on Wed, 31st May 2017 6:16 pm 

    clog, look how long y’all have been a fucking cancer for.

    Human activity has polluted European air for 2,000 years

    Date: May 31, 2017
    Source: American Geophysical Union


    “A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years, challenging the widespread belief that environmental pollution began with the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s.”

    euro cancer.

    Well, that explains the long running brain damage in your family.

  5. joe on Thu, 1st Jun 2017 12:40 am 

    Blame yourself then Apneanman since I’m sure you are not an alien then the latest evidence says that humans probobly evolved in Europe, not just Africa. More likely intelligence arose seperatly in various places in a species whoes path was set the moment the first genius human realised that he could copy the results of wildfire by making one of his own and eating cooked flesh. Its human cancer not just European.

  6. Ada Bsiz on Thu, 1st Jun 2017 2:23 am 

    What a transformation !! From “Oil Tanker Passing Through Red Sea Attacked By Unknown Militants” … to Black Death and human cancer ! I am sure Ms. Calcuttawala must be amazed by these pertinent comments, and amazingly NO one has any idea what the tanker in question was called !!

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