New Delhi, Jan 30 (EFE).- The Indian navy said Tuesday that it had rescued a fishing boat carrying 19 Pakistani nationals, which was hijacked by pirates near the east coast of Somalia.
“INSSumitra Carries out 2nd Successful AntiPiracy Ops – Rescuing 19 Crew members & Vessel from Somali Pirates” on Jan. 29, the navy posted on social media platform X on Tuesday.
“Responding swiftly to the developing situation, Sumitra intercepted the (fishing vessel) FV on PM 29 Jan 24 & through coercive posturing & effective deployment of her integral helo & boats compelled the safe release of the crew and the vessel,” it added.
The operation was conducted hours after the Indian navy thwarted a piracy attempt on another fishing boat in which 17 crew members were kidnapped near the Gulf of Aden.
The navy has rescued several ships in the area in recent weeks.
On Saturday, an Indian guided missile destroyer assisted a British oil tanker attacked by Houthi militants missiles in the Gulf of Aden.
On Jan. 18, the Indian navy responded to a drone attack on a Marshall Islands-flagged ship, and on Jan. 5, it thwarted an attempted hijacking of a Liberian-flagged ship in the Arabian Sea.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels have launched a series of attacks on commercial ships bound for Israel in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in the last few weeks.
In response, the United States and the United Kingdom have conducted airstrikes against Houthi positions in Yemen.
The escalating tension in the region has prompted major shipping companies worldwide to change their routes to avoid the sea route that handles 8 percent of the world’s grain trade, 12 percent of all oil traded by sea, and 8 percent of the global liquefied natural gas trade. EFE