International troops attack Yemeni boat near Sudan; 2 Killed
International Troops Attack Yemeni Boat near Sudan; 2 Killed
Two Yemeni fishermen were killed and one was injured while the fate of a fourth one is still unknown after their boat came under an aggressive assault by one of the international naval ships patrolling the Red Sea near Sudan on Tuesday.Hat tip: Armies of Liberation - Yemeni Fishing Ship Blows Up in Sudanese Waters
A source at the Coast Guard said Abdu Marwani and Muhammad Naj'e were killed immediately after their boat was totally destroyed by a missile which some suspect was an air strike.
Sources at Yemen's navy said it probably came from sea.
While the third fisherman made it to Sudanese coast and is now in critical condition.
The fishermen came from the Midy area, Hajjah before their boat was hit near Sudan's waters.
A coordinated investigation by Yemen and Sudan is underway to explore reasons for the attack.
Meanwhile, director of the Midy district Abdul Majeed Al-Himyari dismissed reports a Yemeni boat was attacked in Yemen's territorial waters, saying the incident took place while the boat was in Sudan's territorial waters.
He told the media the survivor is being investigated by Sudan.
Tuesday's attack comes in a series of attacks against Yemeni fishing boats by international forces patrolling the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.
Early this year, two Yemeni sailors were killed as their boats came under separate attacks by international troops in the Indian Ocean. Few others were hurt, with troops saying they suspected the boats were for pirates and then hit them.
And this month, the Interior Ministry said a Yemeni boat was provoked, with NATO's mission in the region intimidating its crew.
The area where the boat was hit on Tuesday is witnessing large fuel smuggling, with eyewitnesses affirming boats smuggle diesel to African Horn States daily.
Source: Yemen Post Newspaper.
UPDATE 28 May 2009:
From Sahwa Net, Hodeida, 28 May 2009:
Maritime kills tow Yemeni fishermen
Two Yemeni fishermen were killed and another was seriously injured on Wednesday off Hodeida coasts as an explosion targeted their boat.
"The incident was occurred as a result of a maritime mine, according to early estimates" official sources told Sahwa Net.
"Abdu Ibrahim and Ahmed Ibrahim were killed, while Saeed Yousuf was seriously injured".
Military sources referred to the prospect of mine remains planted in the area by Eritrea as it attempted to occupy Honaish Island in the late 1990s.