New Delhi – India’s government on Wednesday released information about seven Indian nationals missing after Saudi-led airstrikes hit boats in Yemen on Tuesday.
Several media reports on Tuesday said the air strikes targeted fuel smugglers at a Yemeni port. At least 20 Indians were killed in the operation.
“We have seen media reports about the death of Indian nationals in Yemen. Indian Embassy officials in Djibouti are in touch with local contacts and we have ascertained that there were two boats, one of which was plying between Berbera (Somalia) and Mokha (Yemen),” MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup said. “The boats came under aerial bombardment in the afternoon of 8 September. The boats were carrying a total of 20 Indian crew members of which 13 are alive and 7 are reported missing.”
The government spokesman also said the government is in contact with authorities in Yemen, and officials were trying to get more details about the incident, including the identities of the Indian nationals.