Printer Friendly

Eritrean pirates hijack 6 Yemeni boats in Red Sea: ministry.

SANA'A, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Eritrean pirates on Saturday hijacked six Yemeni fishing boats with 60 people aboard in the Red Sea, the Yemeni Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The statement that was posted on the ministry's website quoted Yemeni coast-guards as saying that the hijack took place on Saturday and the boats and fishermen were taken to the Eritrean port city of Maswa. It added that the pirates released the 60 fishermen on Sunday and deported them on one of the six boats while the remaining five were confiscated. According to the statement, the 60 fishermen arrived in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeida on Monday and filed a report on the hijack with the Yemeni coast-guards. Piracy is flourishing in the world commercial sea-lanes in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea where as many as 25,000 ships pass every year through the straights west and south of Yemen's coasts. Yemen tightens security in Aden Gulf amid fears of Somali Al-Qaeda infiltration The Coast Guard has raised alert levels and tightened security along the country's coastline and the Gulf of Aden for fears of possible infiltration by Somali Al-Qaeda militants into Yemen, state media said on Sunday. The move followed the reports of recently escalating battles between the Somali government troops and Somali-based Al-Qaeda affiliated group Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior Youth) that killed over 100 people and forced thousands to flee the war-torn country, the ruling party website almotamar.net said. The Coast Guard raised the alert level and increased its patrol boats deployed along the Yemeni coastline and the Gulf of Aden to prevent any infiltration by the Somali militants into Yemeni territories, the portal cited an unnamed official of the coast guard as saying. The official said the coastguard forces have seized up to 500 Somali refugees during the past two days when the latter illegally attempted to sneak onto Yemeni coasts through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The refugees have been transported to refugee camps specially set up for Somalis in southern Yemen, said the official. The coastguard patrols also imposed tightened security and inspection measures for all ships passing through Yemeni territorial waters to make sure their identities, he added. In February, Yemen said it had closed off main waterways leading to its seacoasts at the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea to prevent "African infiltrators" from entering its soil, according to the Interior Ministry. It said the step came after the Al-Qaeda wing Harakat Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen announced its intention to support the Yemeni-based branch of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Yemen hosts 78,000 Somali refugees by the end of 2009 out of a total of 171,000 registered refugees, according to statistics from the UN refugee agency. Interior Ministry's officials say many more Somalis are still unregistered and thought to head for richer neighboring Gulf countries.

Copyright Yemen Times. All rights reserved.

Provided by Syndigate.info an Albawaba.com company
COPYRIGHT 2010 Al Bawaba (Middle East) Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2010 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
Date:Sep 2, 2010
Words:499
Previous Article:How dangerous is Al-Qaeda's Yemeni arm?
Next Article:Ruling party claims credit for educational progress in Yemen.
Topics:

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters