Bab al-Mandab Strait UPSC NOTE

 Why in News

  • U.S. Navy helicopters sank three vessels operated by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels that had attacked a container ship in the Red Sea, the military said on Sunday.

  • Maersk Hangzhou, a Singapore-flagged and Denmark-owned and -operated container ship, came under attack for a second time in 24 hours while transiting the Red Sea. 

Bab al-Mandab Strait

  • Bab al-Mandab Strait is a strait that connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. 

  • It is located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula and Djibouti, Eritrea, and Somalia in the Horn of Africa. 

  • The strait is 32 km wide at its narrowest point, and is divided into two channels by Perim Island

  • The western channel is 16 miles (26 km) wide, and the eastern channel is 2 miles (3 km) wide. 

  • The strait is a vital waterway for global trade, as it is the only passage between the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. 

  • An estimated 3.3 million barrels (520,000 m3) of oil pass through the strait per day, as well as significant amounts of other goods and commodities

  • The strait is also a major shipping route for vessels traveling between Europe and Asia.



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Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam: Bab al-Mandab Strait UPSC NOTE
Bab al-Mandab Strait UPSC NOTE
Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam
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