Eritrea releases 15 Yemeni fishermen

By Mohamed al-Samei, Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Eritrean authorities have released 15 Yemeni fishermen who it had detained earlier, Yemeni media reported Wednesday

Eritrean authorities have released 15 Yemeni fishermen who it had detained earlier, Yemeni media reported Wednesday

SANAA – Eritrean authorities have released 15 Yemeni fishermen who it had detained earlier, Yemeni media reported Wednesday.

"The 15 fishermen are on their way back home after they were released by Eritrean authorities," Yemen's official news agency quoted Mohamed al-Azani, chargé d'affaires at the Yemeni embassy in Asmara, as saying.

He added that the Eritrean authorities would also release 26 more Yemeni fishermen within the next two days.

Al-Azani noted that 342 detainedYemeni fishermen had been released by Eritrea in the period from February to May of this year.

"The fishermen'srelease was a result of continual communication between Yemeni and Eritrean authorities," al-Azani said. 

Al-Azani did not, however,provide reasons for the fishermen's detention by Eritrea.

Yemeni rights activists, for their part, say the Eritrean authorities have been holding as many as 600 Yemeni fishermen for the last severalmonths,going on to allege that the detainees had been subject to torture.

Anadolu Agency could not obtain commentfrom the Eritrean authoritiesregarding the claims.

Yemeni Minister of Fisheries Wealth Awad al-Socotri said earlier that Yemeni fishermen often fall prey to con-men who sell them fake fishing licenses in Eritrean territorial waters.

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