A fishing boat is seen entering the harbor in the southern city of Aden, situated at the mouth of the Red Sea.
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Saudi Aramco has temporarily halted oil shipments via the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a key shipping lane for crude at the southern end of the Red Sea, after country said two tankers were attacked by the Yemeni Houthi militia.Shipping through Bab el-Mandeb is separated into inbound and outbound channels, each 3.2 km wide.The EIA estimates in 2016 – the last year for which it published data – 4.8 million barrels per day of crude and petroleum products went through the strait, with about 2.8 million going north toward Europe, and 2 million moving the other way.A voyage from Saudi Arabia to Rotterdam takes about 22 days via the Bab el-Mandeb and Suez Canal, compared with 39 days around Africa, according to data compiled from Bloomberg tanker tracking.The 1,200-kilometer East-West pipeline has a capacity of 5 million bpd, but it's also used to deliver crude to four refineries along the Red Sea coast that can process as much as 1.4 million bpd.
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