• Sunday, Jan 24, 2021
  • Last Update : 10:22 pm

5 Bangladeshis among 20 seamen held captive in Yemen

  • Published at 08:19 pm November 29th, 2020
The seamen who were stranded in Sana’a, Yemen Collected

They have been held captive in the capital of civil war-torn Yemen since February

Twenty sailors, including five Bangladeshis, have been held captive by Yemen's Houthi rebels for nearly nine months, according to media reports.

Two of the people in captivity were from India’s Kerala, seven from Maharashtra, two from Tamil Nadu, one each from Puducherry and Uttar Pradesh, reports The New Indian Express.

The Indian news agency, however, could not ascertain the number of Bangladeshis held captive. Moreover, the remaining seven detainees also include Egyptian people.

Local daily Desh Rupantor, quoting Indian embassy sources, stated that five of the remaining seven detainees are Bangladeshis.

However, Dhaka Tribune was unable to verify this information independently.

The 20 seamen have been held captive in Sana'a since February. They were en route to Saudi Arabia from Oman on three ships before being captured by Houthi rebels.

Sana’a, the capital of civil war-torn Yemen, is under Houthi control. The Houthi rebels usually detain foreign nationals for ransom.

The detainees, including Bangladeshis, have been kept in four rooms of a five-storey hotel.

One of the captives said on WhatsApp: “We were on our way to the port of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia for construction work. On the way, we got the news that a ship had sunk in the Red Sea.

Also Read - Yemen's Houthis claim rocket attack on Saudi Aramco facility in Jeddah

“We rescued them and anchored off the coast of Yemen in early February. Introducing themselves as members of the coast guard, some people took us to Sana’a. We later came to know that they were Houthi rebels. They said we were apprehended on the charge of encroaching on Yemen’s territorial waters.”

According to various sources, the owners of the three ships are not even trying to get the captives released. The Houthi rebels demanded 200,000 riyals from the Omani ship owners but the owners were reluctant to cave to the demand.

The owners maintained that the matter is in the hands of the government.

Indian embassy officials spoke to the detainees four months ago. They promised that everyone would be set free. The officials are trying to bring the detainees to a location controlled by the government.

The detainees said they are trapped like prisoners. No one is allowed inside but they are provided with food.

“We hear the sound fire exchange every day,” said one detainee.

Meanwhile, the shipping company has not provided any salary since February which has made the expatriates worried about the wellbeing of their families.

Facebook 54
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail