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India says Indians bombed in boats between Yemen and Somalia

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Warplanes bombed two boats carrying 20 Indian crew members as the vessels traveled between Somalia and Yemen, India’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, a day after the Yemeni coast guard said a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemeni Shiite rebels bombed boats off the war-torn country’s coast.

Thirteen crew members are alive and seven are missing, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said in a statement. He said authorities

are trying to gather more information. He didn’t elaborate on who may have carried out the attack.Yemeni coast guard officials said Tuesday that a Saudi-led coalition attacked more than five boats off the Yemeni coast in airstrikes, the same day the Indian boats were bombed. Officials with the rebels, known as Houthis, said the boats were carrying fishermen and weren’t connected to them. It wasn’t immediately clear if the two incidents were the same.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of mainly Gulf nations fighting the Houthis, who took control over the capital, Sanaa, last September, later spreading across Yemen.

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