65 Indian Fishermen Stranded In Yemen: It is reported that 65 Indian fishermen were stuck in in Warn Torn Yemen at Jam Salaya and Mandvi ports.
As many as 65 Indian were reported to be stranded in war torn Yemen in five dhows at Khokha port of Yemen. It was reported that the fishermen belong to Jam Salaya and Mandvi ports of the coastal Jamnagar and Kutch districts.
The fishermen were stuck following a heavy artillery firing and air raids between warring groups in the civil war that has driven Yemen into crisis.
The stranded fishermen has circulated a SOS video message which has shown explosions from incendiary bombs engulfing the small harbor town of Khokha with the five stranded Indian country crafts anchored off the coast.
President of the Vahanvata (Dhow owners) Association of Kutch Haji Juneja said that he has just received a suffering call and multiple video clips from a crew member called Sikandar who was one among the five stranded country crafts, early this morning.
Sikandar has sent an audio clip to Haji Juneja which has also been circulated through Whatsapp saying ”We just escaped six rounds of bombardment from airplanes. Please save us somehow. They will kill us. We are about 70 Indian seamen stranded here. They are now scattered all over this harbor town to save their lives.”
According to sources, the Indian embassy in Djibouti is in touch with local authorities and efforts are on to evacuate the fishermen.
Adam Bhaya, secretary, Indian Sailing Vessel Association (ISVA) from Salaya, Jamnagar, said that five boats are stuck at Khokha port and most of the crew members are from Gujarat. We have requested the Indian authorities to shift other crew members to safe locations. Some of them have been injured very badly and are undergoing treatment.
Trading of various kinds of merchandise between India and the Gulf countries will be regularly carried out from Mandvi in Kutch and Jam Salaya in Jamnagar districts.