Two Yemeni fishermen killed in anti-piracy attack in Red Sea

May 28th, 2009 - 2:16 am ICT by IANS  

Sana’a (Yemen), May 28 (DPA) Two Yemeni fishermen were killed and another was injured after their boat came under a missile strike in the Red Sea, the official Saba news agency reported Wednesday.
Saba said the missile is believed to have launched by an international anti-piracy navy ship.

The agency said the “the boat was totally destroyed”, in the attack that took place in the Sudanese territorial waters Tuesday.

It said the injured fisherman made it to Sudanese coast, while the fate of a fourth fisherman was still unknown.

The missile “probably came from sea by one of those warships conducting anti-piracy patrols in the region,” Saba said, quoting Yemeni Navy sources.

It said Yemeni and Sudanese authorities were coordinating to investigate the incident.

Yemeni official media have frequently reported attacks by international counter-piracy warship against Yemeni boats in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

On Jan 14, a Yemeni fisherman was killed and two others were injured during an anti-piracy operation by a Russian navy ship near the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.

Yemeni authorities said the fishermen were caught in crossfire after a Russian frigate attacked Somali pirates attempting to hijack a Dutch vessel.

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden has surged in recent years as Somalia descends further into chaos and the ineffectual central government continues to squabble rather than govern.

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