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pro-Iranian Houthis try to take control of Bab el-Mandeb strait (Asharq al-Awsat)

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From Honest Reporting, Feb. 2, 2015

According to Asharq al-Awsat, Yemen’s pro-Iranian Houthis are trying to take control of the Bab el-Manded strait, a key maritime choke point connecting the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea, and further along, the Suez Canal and Mediterranean.

Iranian influence over the strait would complicate Israeli efforts to interdict Iranian weapons smuggling and potentially threaten Israeli shipping. And as a Jerusalem Post op-ed points out, it gives Iran a “non-nuclear choke hold” on both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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