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How Much Do the Houthis Threaten Red Sea Shipping?

Nov 26, 2019 | 11:00 GMT
The Red Sea forms the background of this photo taken from the island of Saba in the Al-Zubair archipelago off the coast of Yemen

A view from the island of Saba off the Yemeni coast. Houthi forces control only a small segment of coastal areas of Yemen, limiting the threat they can pose to commercial shipping in the vital waterway.

(DeAgostini/Getty Images)

In terms of past hijackings in the wider region, the incident was comparatively small: On Nov. 17, Houthi fighters seized Saudi and South Korean-flagged tugboats, as well as a South Korean drilling rig, near the island of Uqban. And following diplomatic efforts by Riyadh and Seoul, the Houthis released the...

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