East Africa, Gulf of Oman and the HRA
No piracy related incidents were reported off East Africa or the Arabian Sea in June 2018.

Update Siraj Hijacking

7 June 2018 -  Four fishermen from the Iranian fishing vessel, Siraj were released. They are Masoud Balouchi, Ahmad Balouchi, Adam Balouchi and Shir-Mohammad Tabezar.6 On 23 March 2015 two Iranian flagged fishing vessels, the Jaber and Siraj allegedly fishing illegally in Somalian territorial waters were hijacked by a criminal gang at Ceel Huur in the Mudug region of Somalia. The Jaber managed to slip its moorings and escaped in August 2015. Eight crew members of the Siraj died in captivity. Four were rescued in November 2015 by Somali government forces. Four hostages remain in captivity.7


BMP4 - “Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea” has been updated to  include security threats in Yemen. Find link to BMP5  in report.8

Attacks Related to Conflict in Yemen

3 June 2018
-  The Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV), VOS Theia chartered by the World Food Programme (WFP) was attack after departing Al Hudaydah by six armed men in a skiff 5nm West of Jazair Az Zubayr Island. The skiff opened fire with a bow-mounted machine gun. An exchange of fire between them and the onboard security team followed. The skiff moved away from the vessel. The WFP charted the VOS Theia from its owner Vroon in March 2018 to perform regular trips between Djibouti and Al Hudaydah. The vessel carries both humanitarian cargo and passengers.9

13 June 2018 -  The Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) launched an assault on the port of Al Hudaydah, Yemen.

13 June 2018 -  A UAE landing craft, was hit by Houthi missiles SW of Al Hudaydah resulting in damage and several causalities. Coalition helicopters were conducting Search and Rescue (SAR) in the area.10

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