Somali pirates seize Yemeni fishing vessel

12:55, May 08, 2010      

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Somali pirates seized a Yemeni-owned fishing vessel with seven crew members on board off the coasts of Yemen, the country's Defense Ministry's website reported on Friday.

The report cited Yemeni coast-guard in the Red Sea as saying that the pirates hijacked the vessel when it was docked at the Yemeni island of Ka'al Pharaoh in the Red Sea.

It did not specify the time of the hijack, but said the vessel along with its seven Yemeni crew members had been taken towards the Somali coasts.

"The coast-guards are making efforts to rescue the vessel along with its crewmen," said the news website

The Gulf of Aden, off the northern coast of Somalia, has the highest risk of piracy in the world. About 25,000 ships pass every year through the canal south of Yemen, between the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.



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