Seafarers Siezed

A group of Filipino seafarers are reported to have been seized as they were about to embark on their ship at a port in Yemen’s far-eastern province of Mahrah.

DFA verifying report on abducted Pinoy seafarers in Yemen

The Department of Foreign Affiars on Friday said that it is still verifying reports that Yemeni tribesmen had abducted three Filipino seafarers.

“Our cisis management [team] in Sanaa, Yemen is getting in touch with Yemen authorities (Ministry of Foreign affairs, Ministry of Interior and Maritime Security) Philippine honorary consul in Marib, their employer, and Filipino leaders to verify the report and ascertain their identities,” DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters in a text message on Friday.

“Our team will meet with concerned govt officials to ensure the safe and early release of the hostages,” he added.

On Thrusday, a report on news site Khaleej Times said the Filipino seafarers were seized as they were about to embark on their ship at a port in the far-eastern province of Mahrah.

The kidnappers, who reportedly belong to the Bani Jabr tribe, demanded the “release of one of their own, who is in prison in Sanaa for a serious criminal offense,” the interior ministry of Yemen said.

No details were provided about the identity of the the seafarers nor about the company they are working for.

Source: GMA News

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