The Bab-el-Mandeb "Gate of Tears" or Mandeb Strait is a strait located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, and Djibouti and Eritrea in the Horn of Africa. It connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden
The strait derives its name from the dangers attending its navigation.
According to an Arab legend, Bab-el-Mandeb derives its name from the numbers who were drowned by the earthquake which separated Eritrea and Djibouti from Arabia.
The Bab-el-Mandeb acts as a strategic link between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea via the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.