Eritrean forces attack Yemeni fishermen, causing major condemnation

Eritrean forces attack Yemeni fishermen, causing major condemnation

The Ministry of Fisheries denounced the attack on a number of Yemeni fishermen by the Eritrean forces during a fishing trip in Yemeni territorial waters.

The ministry said in a statement, Thursday, that the fisherman, Malik Muhammad Abdullah Jerd, from the Al-Khawkhah district in Hodeidah, was wounded, while his six companions were forcibly detained in Eritrean prisons.

The Ministry affirmed that this attack and the crimes of Eritrean forces and its blatant attacks against Yemeni fishermen constitute a flagrant violation of international and humanitarian law, calling on the international community and human rights organizations to take action to stop these ongoing crimes against Yemeni fishermen.

The Ministry praised the Yemeni fishermen’s pride in their profession, and their reliance on it to provide food for their families in light of the aggression and blockade, calling on the Eritrean side to stop its violations against fishermen and respect the maritime interests in international waters.

The Ministry of Fisheries called on the international community to take a clear and frank stance to hold the Eritrean authorities accountable for their aggressive actions against fishermen in the territorial waters, stressing that Yemen will strongly defend its people and protect its territorial waters.

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