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Article Date: November 03, 2008
Eritrean authorities released 46 Yemeni fishermen who were earlier arrested by the Eritrean navy while they were fishing in Yemen's regional waters. The fishermen were forced to head to Masoua Seaport at gunpoint.
The Media Center of Interior Ministry mentioned that the fishermen were fishing in the country's regional waters, some 37 miles to the northwest of Jabal Al-Tair (literally Bird Mountain), when the Eritrean navy attacked them.
After confiscating their boats, the fishermen were transferred back to Medi Seaport. Other seven fishermen were taken at gunpoint from the open sea and Eritrean authorities confiscated their boats and sent them back to Mocha Mountain.Fishermen's relatives told the Yemen Post that Yemeni authorities did nothing to face the Eritrean suppressive measures. However, authorities stress that what happens is no more than a misunderstanding of the International Court of Justice's resolution as for maritime dispute.