Governor Sallam stated, in a statement quoted by Saba Agency, that Yemen, represented by the Salvation government, will spare no effort to protect the country's capabilities and wealth, defend the rights of Yemenis to fish freely, and deter anyone who tries to use Yemen's coast for his own ambitions. He stressed that the Yemeni coasts and waters will not be permissible for the aggressors.
He pointed out that the geographical location of Yemen made it the target of the ambitions of external forces seeking to exploit the country's marine wealth, loot its resources, and deprive the Yemeni people of their rights.
Sallam pointed out that Yemen, while it seeks honorable peace, will not accept that its capabilities and rights are within the reach of invaders and greedy people from any country.
He said, "the operation of the Armed Forces in the port of Dhabba is only the tip of the iceberg, especially after the leadership's directives and the constant warnings to foreign companies that are working to plunder Yemen's wealth," stressing that Yemen will protect its land, sovereignty and the rights of its people.
The governor of Aden indicated that the forces of aggression made the occupied governorates a private property, to practice looting and tampering with their wealth, and to exploit the people’s resources, which is rejected by all the Yemeni people, warning the countries of aggression against continuing to use the coasts of Yemen and looting its wealth.
He stressed that the Yemeni people will continue to move towards restoring the full Yemeni sovereignty and protecting the rights and gains of the nation.
On Thursday, The governor of Hodeidah, Mohammad Quhaim, warned fishing companies not to approach the coasts of the Republic of Yemen, especially the West Coast.
Governor Quhaim said, in a tweet, that looting oil is like looting fisheries, all of which are wealth for the homeland.
Saudi Arabia and many of its allies have been waging a war on Yemen since 2015 to restore power to the country’s Riyadh-friendly former officials. The war and a simultaneous siege that the US-Saudi-led coalition has been enforcing on the country has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis.
The invasion has pushed entire Yemen close to the brink of outright famine, turning the country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Coastal communities in Yemen have suffered greatly in the ongoing bloody war. Fishing boats, ports and processing sites have been destroyed or damaged, and many fishermen have lost their lives.
The US-Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes which hit fishing boats and markets, and mines were laid in the sea making the waters treacherous. To make matters worse, the exacerbation of piracy and attacks by the Eritrean authorities and the aggression forces against fishermen on the Yemeni coasts.
As of August 2019, at least 334 fishermen had been reported killed or injured since 2015, according to statistics from Yemen's fisheries authority. Others had been arrested and had their boats seized, while some were now detained in Saudi-run prisons in Yemen.
Local reports estimate that of Yemen's approximate 100,000 fishermen, since 2015 over a third (37,000) have quit and thus lost their income.fishermen and the fish sector in Yemen.
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