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Gulf of Aden
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Satellite image of Gulf of Aden. Yemen on top, Somalia below. Photo: NASA.
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Satellite image of Gulf of Aden. Yemen on top, Somalia below. Photo: NASA.

Western arm of the Arabian Sea, meeting the Red Sea at the strait Bab al-Mandeb.
The gulf runs in a west-east direction, between Yemen and Somalia, meeting Djibouti at the western end. It is about 900 km long, and 500 km wide at the eastern end, between Ra's Asir of Somalia and the city of al-Mukalla of Yemen.
The Gulf of Aden has important commercial shipping, being part of the traffic that use the Suez Canal to connect Asia and Europe.




By Tore Kjeilen