Thursday, October 23, 2008
Gulf of Aden Update
Gist: Russia has asked Somalia for a free hand in dealing with piracy. The Baltic Fleet guard ship Neustrashimyy is approaching Somali shores. Meanwhile the situation on the captured Ukrainian ship Faina is approaching catastrophe. Fuel and food have almost run out. After long negotiations, the pirates have refused to hand over the body of the Russian captain. Besides the crew, already held for a month, there are 33 Ukrainian tanks, anti-air missile systems and ammunition stores on board. And today it was learned that the French captured 10 pirates, although they didn't have anything to do with the Faina. They will be delivered to Somalia where they face life in jail.
The whole world is asking, who are these 21st century pirates? Why does piracy flourish in the Gulf of Aden? One of our correspondents went to one of the hottest spots in Somalia with exclusive footage from the French ship on the freeing of a vessel. Why is hijacking ships so profitable? Watch this big story on the 30th of October.