A group of about twenty uninhabited islands may become the key access to the Red Sea...
A group of about twenty uninhabited islands may become the key access to the Red Sea...and ultimately, when it's cleared, the Suez Canal.
The government of South Yemen is claiming sovereignty over the southern entrance to the Red Sea where the Amiche Islands...the last unclaimed land in the world...are situated. The entrance guarded by the desolate island group, the Ban el Mandeb straits, is much used by Israeli ships and also tankers carrying oil to the Israeli-controlled port of Aqaba. The question of ownership of the islands is due to come up at the United Nations later this year, with Yemen and Ethiopia both making claims. The volcanic Amiche outcrops are almost equidistant from the two countries, but the Yemen government has already rejected the possibility of international control of the southern Red Sea entrance.
It's reported that the Yemeni government's attempt to control the straits is clearly aimed at showing Israel they cannot keep the route open to their shipping merely by controlling Sharm el Sheikh at the northern end of the Red Sea.
The Amiche island group was once part of the Turkish Empire but was later abandoned. The islands are uninhabited and the only creatures on the larger islands are deer and birds. They are occasionally visited by fishermen and a month ago a ship was wrecked on one of the rocky outcrops.