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Eritrea Seizes Four Yemeni Fishing Boats
  Written By:  (YEMEN POST STAFF) 
  Article Date:
January 26, 2009


Despite accords signed by the two countries, Eritrean Authorities have detained four Yemeni fishing boats with 24 fishermen on board.

Security sources said the incident took place while the boats were fishing out of the Yemeni waters in the Red Sea.  Eritrean Authorities confiscated the boats and detained the fishermen, the sources confirmed.

"Eritrean authorities with seizing the  boats and their crews are violating former agreements signed  between Eritrea and Yemen  imposing on the two countries not to attack each other's fishing boats," police statement said over the last Eritrean detention of Yemeni fishermen.

"The recent detention is unjustified operation and totally unacceptable," the statement added.

Last year the Yemeni government summoned the Eritrean ambassador to Sana'a Musa Yasin to hand over a protest note concerning the continued arrest of Yemeni fishermen by Eritrea.

   On the other hand, Yemeni Authorities has been detaining 24 Egyptian fishermen since January1, accusing them of illegally fishing in the Yemeni territorial waters.

Egyptian Ambassador to Yemen Mohamed Mursi Awad told media that the investigations with the Egyptian fishermen are continuing and that the Embassy is in contact with the Yemeni authorities to release them.