Iranian vessel seized of Yemen coast

An Iranian vessel with 19 sailors on board has been seized near a Yemeni island by local fishermen, Yemen’s prime minister said on Saturday.

There was no immediate official Iranian reaction to the comments made by Ahmad Obaid Bin Dagher 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.

Regional and Western sources have said that Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen’s rebel Al Houthi movement, stepping up support for its Shiite ally in the country’s civil war.

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