Monday, November 17, 2008

Piracy in Yemen

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By: Amel Al-Ariqi\Yemen Times

...Yemen’s Coast Guard continues searching for a boat (Alzhra) carrying 12 Yemeni fishermen who disappeared two weeks ago.

Yemen’s navy has intensified its security measures to protect Yemeni fishermen from potential piracy in the Socotra islands...measures were intensified after Somali pirates kidnapped Yemeni fishing boats and their fishermen on a fishing journey in Yemeni territorial waters near Abdul Kori Island.

“Our Coast Guard and marine forces are on the alert to take necessary action against such piracy,” Foreign and Migrant Affairs Minister Abubakr Al-Qirbi said in a news report.

IRIN news service quoted Al-Qirbi as saying that continued piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea is threatening Yemen’s fishing industry. “Sea piracy is threatening the stability of the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea,” he said.

He also said pirates represent a threat to both tourist cruises and international shipping in the region. “Our problem is the threat they pose to our fishermen as well and their role in trafficking people, drugs and weapons,” he added.

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