Yemen urges int'l community to stop 40 Iranian ships verging on Socotra

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2020-09-29 | Since 4 Week

Fahd Kafain

Riyadh (Debriefer) - The Yemeni UN-recognized government on Monday accused Iran of infringing and illegally fishing in the Yemeni territorial waters.
"Iran flagrantly oversteps the Yemeni sovereignty," the country's minister of fisheries tweeted, as "more than 40 Iranian fishing ships entered the Yemeni waters off Socotra archipelago."
Through its repeated transgressions in the Yemeni waters, Iran "commits subversive acts," Fahd Kafain added.
The Yemeni minister called on the international community to take decisive stance at the "destructive role played by Iran in Yemen."
He also called for a stronger "coordination between the Yemeni government and the Arab coalition to counter the Iranian violations and to protect the Yemeni waters and maritime resources from abuses in the form of illegal fishing."
The international silence at Iran's "blatant infringements against Yemen's sovereignty encroaches on the UN principles, international legitimacy and nations' sovereignty and security," Kafain added.
The Yemeni government has frequently said Iran uses fishing ships in Yemeni territorial waters to cover the smuggling of arms, ballistic missiles and drones to the Tehran-backed Houthi group.


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