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Bab el Man·deb

 (bäb′ ĕl män′dĕb)
A strategically important strait, 27 km (17 mi) wide, between the Arabian Peninsula and eastern Africa. It links the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.
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Bab el Mandeb

(ˈbæb ɛl ˈmændɛb)
n
(Placename) a strait between SW Arabia and E Africa, connecting the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden
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Bab el Man•deb

(ˌbɑb ɛl ˈmɑn dɛb)
n.
a strait between NE Africa and the SW tip of the Arabian peninsula, connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. 20 mi. (32 km) wide.
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Yet the good ship ploughed straight on, unretarded by wind or wave, towards the straits of Bab-el-Mandeb. What was Phileas Fogg doing all this time?
The following night they passed through the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, which means in Arabic The Bridge of Tears, and the next day they put in at Steamer Point, north-west of Aden harbour, to take in coal.
"Very well, then, we will come out again, Master Land; and if, after the Persian Gulf, the Nautilus would like to visit the Red Sea, the Straits of Bab-el-mandeb are there to give us entrance."
The 5th of February we at last entered the Gulf of Aden, a perfect funnel introduced into the neck of Bab-el-mandeb, through which the Indian waters entered the Red Sea.
The next day, the 7th of February, we entered the Straits of Bab-el-mandeb, the name of which, in the Arab tongue, means The Gate of Tears.
The Bab-el-Mandeb strait, which separates Yemen from the Horn of Africa, would also be included.
Reports said on Friday that Iran's 60th flotilla conducted a successful operation in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which links the Gulf of Aden to the Red Sea, thwarting a pirate attack on one of the country's oil tankers, a Navy official declared.
"The Houthis continue threatening the international maritime navigation in the south of the Red Sea and Bab-el-Mandeb Straits through deploying naval mines and explosive-laden boats to the shipping routes, Col.
The commander added that the Egyptian navy closed Bab-el-Mandeb Strait during the October 6 War in 1973 to deprive Israel from supplies.
Markets were on edge when Saudi Arabia announced suspending oil shipments through Bab-el-Mandeb Straits in the Red Sea.
A senior military source claimed Houthi activity near Bab-el-Mandeb has increased significantly and threatens trade.