Who Control the Gulf of Aden? Not Somali Pirates

Posted on August 06, 2011 by Marivel Guzman

Who controls Yemen? Who controls the Red Sea? Who controls the Gulf of Aden: Where does this Strait lead to? Why there is famine in Somalia, when is an oil rich land but also a strategist geopolitical point on the map.

Did you ever took a minute to explore your world?

You can analyze all these questions if you take some time to check a world map and who are the economic players in the world.

The Gulf of Aden is an extension of the Indian Ocean, it is located between Africa and Asia, it forms the natural separation between the countries of Somalia and Yemen.

Gulf of Aden waters flow into the Red Sea through the Bab el Mandeb (strait), and because it provides an outlet to the west for the Persian Gulf Oil, it’s now one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.
So I ask again Who Controls Yemen?

This regional control of this area plays a big role and its strategist position; being for oil distribution, military deployment and all types of illegal products that pass through this strait of water like; illegal traffic of arms and drugs.

Follow the Maps, From the Somalia Coast with Gulf of Aden, The Red Sea, Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Suez and other important seas areas.

Open your Google Maps and Type Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Somalia, Yemen and you will see why the media put so much emphasis on Somali Pirates, which exists but they are the real players.
Of course this is my own analysis and interpretation of the current issues in that area taking as a starting point the maps.

Israel is still occupying Saudi Arabian islands

Tiran and Sanafir Islands being occupied by Israel since 1967. They are positioned in a strategically point on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula controlling the passage to and from the Gulf of Aqaba.

Tiran and Sanafir Islands being occupied by Israel since 1967. They are positioned in a strategically point on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula controlling the passage to and from the Gulf of Aqaba.

It is a fairly well kept secret that Israel has been occupying parts of Saudi Arabia since 1967. Tiran and Sanafir are two islands with a combined area of 113 square kilometers-=, so they are small, and are in a very strategic location at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba, through which sea traffic to Israel’s southern port of Eilat must pass en route to and from the Red Sea. Israel maintains an early warning post on the islands.

Although the Saudi Arabian government might claim that the islands are small, unimportant coral reef islands, their position is such that whoever controls them controls the Gulf of Aqaba. They are as important as the Hanish archipelago at the other end of the Red Sea over which a conflict raged in 1995. International arbitration determined that Hanish belongs to Yemen. The Israeli occupation of Tiran and Sanafir determines that, if nothing else, the Israelis control the islands and don’t really care who they belong to. Saudi Arabia has fought for similar islands but seems to be reluctant to challenge the Israeli occupation. Is it because the islands have no material value?

The islands were occupied by Israel after the late King Faisal had given control of them to Egypt to prevent Israeli ships being able to get to Eilat during the Six-Day War. After the ceasefire, Saudi Arabia and Egypt each claimed that the islands belonged to the other, leaving them free for the Israeli occupation to begin. When Egypt made peace with Israel in 1978, President Anwar Sadat refused to include them in the peace agreement, arguing that they belong to Saudi Arabia. A computer search reveals that even Google labels them as “Saudi Arabia” and maps of the country in governmental offices show clearly that they are Saudi territory, so why the reluctance to challenge Israel, and why is there a media blackout?

It’s quite simple: Israel needs an outlet to the Red Sea for its shipping. The only Israeli presence on the islands is military to ensure that the shipping lanes are kept clear for its imports and exports, including military hardware to fight against Arab states. By international agreement, a multinational UN force is also stationed on the islands which “monitors the compliance of all parties” with this agreement. In reality, this means that American and Egyptian troops help to protect Israel’s shipping lanes through the Straits of Tiran, Saudi Arabia’s occupied sovereign territory. What would the people of Saudi Arabia say if they knew?

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