According the Ministry of External Affairs, bodies of six of the seven Indians missing after their boats were air strikes by Saudi-led forces off the coast of Yemen on Tuesday have been found on Friday.
While they were smuggling fuel into Yemen the killings just off Hodeidah is a glimpse into smuggling networks in the Indian Ocean that are flourishing in recent times thanks to political strife, experts in the Indian security establishment believe.
The MEA spokesperson on Friday said, “It is now regrettably informed that late at night on September 10, the bodies of six of the missing persons present on the two boats were recovered and were brought to the military hospital. The families of the deceased have been informed, and their verbal consent has been taken for appropriate funeral rites to be performed today in Hodeidah as per religious practices.”
Remaining 15 Indians on the two boats, fourteen are safe in Hodeidah. “One person is still missing, and the mission is working with the local authorities and contacts to ascertain his whereabouts,” he said.
Named Asmar and Mustafa, 2 boats, traveling 21 Indian came under aerial attack on two days back, however, did not made it clear what the 2 boats were doing in the strife-torn area, the official statement said.
Reports in sources and local media in the Indian security establishment, they were probably involved in smuggling fuel from Djibouti to Yemen, in recent months, where crippling fuel shortage has been part of the civil strife.