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10 Yemeni fishermen freed after months-long detention in Eritrea

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Thursday, 31 August 2023

10 Yemeni fishermen freed after months-long detention in Eritrea


Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2023-08-30




ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Ten Yemeni fishermen have returned to their homes in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah after being held for months in Eritrean prisons, a government official said on Wednesday.

The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said the fishermen went directly back to their homes upon their arrival in Hodeidah on Tuesday evening.

The Eritrean side has made no comment regarding the release.

In July, a government official told Xinhua that 80 Yemeni fishermen returned to Hodeidah after months-long detention in Eritrea.

Yemeni fishermen face many challenges that range from the spillover effect of military conflicts to the detainment by foreign naval forces. The Red Sea waters off the coast of Hodeidah, which used to provide thousands of Yemenis with a living, have now turned into perilous grounds.

Since 2017, the coastlines of Yemen, particularly those of the Red Sea, have been affected by the persistent military conflict between the Yemeni government forces and the Houthis.

Yemen and Eritrea have a decades-long history of contesting disputed territories and islands in the Red Sea. The two countries briefly engaged in a conflict in 1995. 


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