Yemeni fishermen accuse Iranian ships of causing 100 deaths

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2019-05-04 | Since 4 Month

Yemeni fishermen at protest

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Yemeni fishermen on Friday accused an Iranian ship, anchored close to Yemeni regional waters on the Red Sea under commercial cover, of causing the death of more than 100 Yemeni fishermen, preventing 30,000 others from fishing and depriving hundreds of thousands of families from their only income.

Fishermen, in a statement, re-urged the Yemeni official government, Saudi-led coalition and the United Nations to intervene and save them from the Iranian vessel 'Safiz'.

The presence of this vessel threatens the living of fishermen, the statement said dubbing the ship as "source of mines planted by the Iranian-backed Houthi group along the Yemeni western coastline," according to the Aden-based Saba.

Spread of marine mines and bomb-laden boats have left tens of fishermen killed and prevented thousands from earing their living, worsening the humanitarian situation in coastal areas, they said.

The fishermen called for inclusive compensation for all violations against them and harm caused by Safiz.

Last November, official minister of fisheries accused Iranian ships of impressing and threatening Yemeni fishermen on Yemeni waters, particularly the Red Sea.

Minister Fahd Kafien called upon international community to "bear their responsibilities in halting Iran's vulgar violations, intervention in Yemeni affairs and backing Houthi militia."

Over last months, Aden, Mocha and Khokha witnessed protests staged by fishermen unions against the Iranian ship that they accused of impressing them and threatening their livelihood.

Mocha District's director, Sultan Abdullah, and senior fisherman stated that fishermen face different difficulties and harassments caused by the Safiz ship and negatively reflected on their work and living. Thus, it is time "to make Iran desist from its acts in the region."

Another Yemeni official accused the vessel of killing 40 fishermen and injuring 60 others.

The internationally-recognized Yemeni government and the Saudi-led coalition are accusing Iran of supplying the Houthis with weapons smuggled via regional waters, including ballistic missiles fired at Saudi Arabia, allegation rejected by Tehran and Houthis.

Yemen has been racked by an armed conflict that broke out after the Houthi rebels had ousted the internationally recognized government late in 2014.

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