Eritrean, Emirati forces release 19 Yemeni fishermen

19 Yemeni fishermen arrived at the fishing port of Hodeidah province after they were detained by Eritrean and Emirati forces about 35 miles in the international waters.

The Yemeni General Authority for Coast Fishing in Sana’a said that the fishermen were arrested by the Eritrean and Emirati forces after cordoning off their boats and threatening them by force of arms.

The Authority added the Yemeni fishermen’s boat was seized, including their equipment before they were allowed by the forces to return on another boat in deplorable conditions.

Meanwhile, Khalil Ali Mehammed Zabeelah, one of the released  fishermen said that the fishermen boats are exposed almost daily to attacks by boats and battleships of the Saudi-Emirati coalition spread along the coasts off the Red Sea sector.

These attacks by the pro-Saudi coalition forces result in kidnappings, arrests, torture and injuries among the Yemeni fishermen, as well as material damage to their boats, tools equipment and confiscation, Zabeelah added.

He confirmed that  the continuous attacks on Yemeni fishermen in the territorial waters represent an economic war against a large segment of Hodeidah citizens who depend on the fishing craft as a source of livelihood, as it is one of the war crimes that are .punished by international laws.