Minister of Foreign Affairs Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi has affirmed that Yemen lost $150 million in 2011 due to sea piracy, pointing out that pirates constantly attack Yemeni ships.
In a speech delivered in the conference of sea piracy held in Dubai in the period from 27-28 June, Al-Qirbi said that Yemen is a key partner in counter-piracy, stressing that piracy in the Gulf of Aden affected on thousands of Yemeni fishermen and deprived them from their living income.
He further explained that piracy led to the abduction of scores of Yemeni commercial and fishing ships and that 15 Yemeni fishers were killed by pirates.
He expressed deep concerns about that increase of piracy, indicting that it endanger safety and security of navigation.
"Though the maritime forces existed in the international water off the Somali coasts contributed in reducing piracy recently, it posed a main reason behind the obstructions of fishing in the region," he added.
He affirmed that Yemeni fishermen are always subjected to the fires of the International forces and security teams who are existed on the board of commercial ships with the aim of protecting them.
Piracy acts in the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea affect on fishermen and led to the decline of fish products and harm the international navigation line and fish production.
Media sources stated that 57 ships were hijacked in the Yemeni territorial waters with 225 failed hijacking attempts in 2010 alone. Seaborne gangs have been exploiting political turmoil in Yemen to smuggle fuel, and possibly other supplies including food.