Somali Pirates Return, Worsening Shipping Crisis

Somali pirates are taking advantage of the Houthis’ Red Sea attacks to return to the world scene, worsening the already critical shipping crisis, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Houthi attacks: In response to Israel’s self-defense against Iranian proxy Hamas, the Houthis—another Iranian proxy—began firing on ships entering the Red Sea. These attacks are wreaking havoc on global trade.

Pirate attacks: From 2008 to 2014, Somali pirate attacks peaked, costing the world billions of dollars. After 2014, the pirates went mostly dormant, and the global economy had a nearly decade-long break.

With global eyes fixed on the Houthis, Somalia’s pirates are taking advantage of the diversion.

There have been more than 20 attempted hijackings since mid-November, when the Houthis began firing on Red Sea vessels. A pirate financier, who goes by the name Ismail Isse, said the pirates “took this chance because the international naval forces that operate off the coast of Somalia reduced their operations.”

Conflict ahead: The Bible prophesied the rising tensions in the Red Sea today. These trends will intensify, leading to the deadliest conflict in history.

Read Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s article “Is the Red Sea Crisis About to Fulfill Bible Prophecy?