Minister of Fisheries: we seized 13 Iranian ships in Yemeni waters over the past three years

Minister of Fisheries: we seized 13 Iranian ships in Yemeni waters over the past three years


The Yemeni authorities have seized 13 Iranian vessels inside Yemeni territorial waters over the past three years, including nine ships seized in the Socotra archipelago and the others in different areas, according to the Minister of Fisheries Fahd Kafayen.

This was during his speech at a seminar on the social and economic dimensions of the interference of Iranian ships in Yemeni waters and their negative impact on the activity of fishermen, the fishery sector and maritime navigation in Yemeni and regional waters, organized by the Ministry of Fisheries in coordination with the fisheries Authority and the University of Aden.

"Those ships that were seized are among the 43 vessels that illegally entered Yemeni waters and practiced various prohibited activities during 2016, and legitimate government seized ships loaded with arms for more than once on its way to the Houthi militia, and other vessels engaged in prohibited activities under the cover of fishing.

He considered that the prohibited activities of vessels under the cover of fishing were illegal fishing and represented a blatant attack on Yemeni fisheries and water, and pointed out that the legitimate Government was and still is facing these Iranian aggressions in coordination with the Arab coalition forces through the diplomacy channels and international forums.

Many fishermen have lost their lives because of the attacks by Iranian vessels, and they have already received confirmed reports and statements from the authorities on the Yemeni coast about the crimes of attacks on fishermen, including the abduction of a number of fishermen, beatings, and confiscation of property of fishermen.

The Minister of Fisheries said: "We have already sent messages about attacks on fishermen to the international community in order to assume its responsibilities to the Iranian intervention in Yemen, especially the Yemeni territorial waters, since these attacks by Iranian vessels threaten the lives of Yemeni fishermen and international navigation in Areas of the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.

He stressed the need for the international community to hold its responsibilities by obliging Iran to desist from its interventions and show respect for international law and Yemeni sovereignty and to assume full responsibility for the various damages resulting from its interventions, and stressed that the rights of Yemenis, especially fishermen, will not be wasted in front of all Assaults.

He also stressed the government's keenness to follow up on all the repercussions and results of this dossier, as well as the government's interest in compensating the affected and victims  , pursuing their rights, securing the lives of fishermen, and standing up to all those who extend their hand to the Yemeni water and wealth, especially the Iranian ship (Saviz). Which continues to dock in the Red Sea, does not care to continue to cause much suffering in the region.

The president of the University of Aden Dr. Al Khader Laswar, said that Iran constitutes the biggest threat to navigation in the Red Sea, due to its hostile policies, its full support to the rebels and the contributions of its political agenda directly or indirectly to the mining of the maritime area through its military presence, and warned of the seriousness of the presence and activities of Iranian vessels in the Yemeni territorial waters, the Red Sea and international traffic.

The seminar was enriched by the presentation of a number of working papers, the first presented by the academic at the University of Aden Mohammed Bawazeer about  "Risks and challenges to the security of the Red Sea and the countries bordering it", while the second academic at the University of Aden Hussein al-Hadithi presented the paper  on  "Security and economic dimensions and effects Of the Iranian threat to the security of the Red Sea  ".

The third academic working paper at the University of Aden Dia Mehireez on  "Legal protection of the Red Sea and the adjacent area in accordance with Yemeni law and international agreements", while the fourth paper presented by the  the president of the Aden Center for Monitoring, Studies and training Qasim Daood on  "strategic stature of the Red Sea  ", the fifth paper presented by the researcher Ilham al-Rashidi about the" impact of the Iranian presence in the Red Sea on fish activity in the Republic of Yemen  ".


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