6 Indians found dead after airstrikes hit boats off Yemen

AP News
Posted: Sep 11, 2015 6:48 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — The bodies of six Indian seamen whose boats were hit by airstrikes between Somalia and Yemen have been recovered, India said Friday.

One Indian was missing and the embassy in Yemen's camp office in Djibouti was working with local authorities and contacts to determine his whereabouts, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

Warplanes dropped bombs on the two boats, the Mustafa and the Asmar, on Tuesday, and 14 of the 21 Indians onboard were rescued, it said.

India didn't say what the boats were doing in that area or who carried out the airstrikes.

Yemeni coast guard officials said a Saudi-led coalition attacked more than five boats off the Yemeni coast on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of mainly Gulf nations fighting the Houthi rebels, who seized Yemen's capital, Sanaa, last September.

The Indian statement said the families of the dead had consented for funeral rites to be performed in the port city of Hodeidah on Friday.

Of the 14 Indians rescued, four were being treated in a hospital, it said.