NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday clarified all rumours regarding the death of 20 Indians in Yemen. Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson, MEA said, “Out of 20 crew members, 13 are alive, 7 are reported to be missing.”
It is reported that there were two boats, out of which, one was operating between Berbera (Somalia) and Mokha (Yemen). In the afternoon of September 8, 2015, the boats came under aerial bombardment. The 20 Indians were being carried in these boats only, out of which 13 are alive and 7 are still missing.
The attack took place at Al-Khokha near Hodeidah Port in Yemen. On Friday, a Houthi missile attack occurred at a military camp east of Sanaa, killing at least 60 Saudi, Bahraini and United Arab Emirates soldiers. The recent attack was in response to the same.
The Friday attack being the deadliest for Gulf soldiers may take this conflict to another level as Saudi-allied countries seem to be preparing for a ground war, they had been avoiding so far.
It was Saudi-led coalition forces who attacked the boats. It was done with the intention of attacking the fuel smugglers in Yemen.
No information is currently available on the identities of the Indian nationals.
The Indian Embassy in Djibouti is in contact with the local authorities and is trying to meet the boat owner in order to gather more information on the same.
There were reports of about 20 Indians being killed in airstrikes by Saudi-led forces on fuel smugglers at Hodeidah Port in Yemen, on Tuesday.