Yemen’s prime minister says that an Iranian ship with 19 sailors on board has been seized off the coast of Socotra by local fishermen.
There was no immediate official Iranian reaction to the comments made by Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr on his Twitter account in which he said the ship was detained off the coast of Socotra, the largest island in an archipelago south of Yemen.
He thanked the fishermen of another island in the archipelago, Abd al-Kuri, which lies to the east of Somalia.
Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said that the Yemeni government, which Tehran does not recognize, had “claimed” that an Iranian vessel with a crew of 19 had been seized on Friday.
Some believe that Iran is involved in the Yemen war by sending both weapons and advisers to the Houthi rebels, but Iran has rejected these allegations and has blamed the crisis in Yemen on Saudi Arabia.