NEW DELHI: Out of the 21 Indian nationals who were victims to an aerial bombardment on September 8 by Saudi led coalition forces, 13 were reported to be alive and 7, missing. However, the recent reports reveal that out of the missing seven, six are dead and one is still missing.
The bodies of the dead were recovered on Thursday and were brought to the military hospital in Djibouti, External Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup informed.
The 14 nationals who survived the attack are undergoing treatment in a local hospital in Djibouti. They are in regular touch with their families.
Swarup also told that the families of the deceased have been informed. Also, their content regarding funeral rites to be performed in Hodeidah as per religious practises have also been taken.
In order to ascertain more details, the Indian embassy in Yemen’s Camp Office in Djibouti, are in constant touch with the local contacts and authorities. (Also read: No death of Indian confirmed in Yemen Air strike; clarifies MEA)
It all happened when two boats ‘Mustafa’ and ‘Asmar’, carrying 21 Indian nationals came under aerial attack on the afternoon of September 8. The attack was done with the intention of targeting the fuel smugglers in Yemen.