By Joanne Bladd
Cargo vessel had been sailing to Jebel Ali when seized by pirates off Oman coast
UAE armed forces stormed a ship hijacked in the Arabian Sea,
freeing the crew and detaining the pirates on board the vessel, state-run news
agency WAM said.
The cargo vessel, belonging to the Abu Dhabi National Tanker
Company, was attacked and seized by pirates on the morning of April 1 as it
sailed from Australia to Jebel Ali.
The rescue operation was carried out by anti-terrorism
forces supported by the US Fifth Fleet and UAE air force units.
“The MV Arrilah, together with all of its crew, is now heading
towards the UAE coast,” the agency said, citing a military source. “The pirates
are under guard and will be handed over to officials of the UAE Ministry of
Interior on arrival at Jebel Ali.”
The Gulf has seen a spate of hijackings off the coast of
Oman in recent months. At last count, Somalian pirates held 27 ships and more
than 609 hostages.
During the first six months of 2010 there were 240 pirate
incidences, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
At the heart of the problem is Somalia, a country that
hasn’t had an effective government in place for almost two decades. This
instability has allowed pirates to thrive in the waters off its shore linking
Europe to Asia and Africa, demanding billions of dollars in ransoms for
hijacked ships and crew.
The Gulf of Aden, a body of water between Somalia and Yemen,
is the main sea route between Europe and Asia. Tankers carrying Middle East oil
through the Suez Canal must pass first through the Gulf of Aden.
Jonathon Wood, a global issues analyst at Control Risks,
said in February that piracy in the Gulf has become a round-the-clock threat.
“There is truly no safe passage out of the Arabian Gulf to
the East or the West,” said Wood.
I want to ask why America or west cannot solve these types of activities in the world specially like this type of problem since they want to solve all terrisom from the world from Middle East, from Tunisia, from Libya, from Afghanistan, From Iraq and from Pakistan