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Monday, 24 September 2018

Yemen’s Aden port never recovered from the 1967 Israel-Egypt war

Yemen’s Aden port never recovered from the 1967 Egypt-Israel war: Before the war, the port of Aden was booming: “Restaurants were full, and the docks busy. Workers chewed khat, turning their mouths blood red as cargo ships anchored in port, some on their way to Europe. The ancient city had been a bustling hub for millennia,” says OZY. But as the Suez Canal remained blocked from the start of the war and until 1975, Aden lost its prominent position along the coastline. Competitors “from Djibouti to Dubai” swooped in to replace it as the long-distance port of choice for ships taking that route, preventing the once-bustling port from ever making a full recovery. “Today, Aden is in exceptionally dire straits,” with a civil war killing thousands as it rages on.

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