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Britain has deployed its most advanced warship off the coast of Yemen as fears for commercial shipping in the region grow.

The piracy-prone Gulf of Aden at the Horn of Africa has seen attacks decrease sharply over the last five years, but the positive development has come at a massive cost, according to data cited by Intertanko.

Pirates fled from a hijacked dhow they were planning to use as a mothership to attack commercial shipping in the Gulf of Aden after they came under pressure from EU naval forces (EU Navfor).

 

The Iranian Navy foiled a pirate attack against an Iran cargoship in the Red Sea on the 22 February.

There are conflicting reports as to whether Somali pirates have successfully hijacked their first merchant vessel since 2012, or that it was taken by Eritrean forces.

UK firm Dryad Maritime Intelligence has warned that the attack of two vessels in the space of four days indicates that maritime piracy has returned to East African waters.

The risk of piracy has “not gone away” according to chairman of Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) Peter Swift, at a conference hosted by the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI).

An audacious Al-Qaeda plan to seize Yemeni ports and destroy vital oil pipelines has been prevented, according to the Yemeni government.

An unprecedented alert has been issued today, warning of the risk of attack off Yemen by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group.

Fishing vessel Naham 3, which is believed to be carrying hostages from the sunken MV Albedo, has been moved to a new anchorage in the Galmudug region of Somalia.

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