60% of fishermen in Hodeidah lost their jobs due to Houthi attacks in the Red Sea

Around 60% of fishermen in the province of Hodeidah, western Yemen, have lost their source of income due to Houthi attacks on commercial ships in the Red Sea. A Yemeni official said on Saturday.

The official said that around 300,000 people in Hodeidah work in the fishing profession, and 60% of them have lost their livelihoods due to the Houthi escalation in the Red Sea.

Since 2018, Houthi hostilities off the coast of Hodeidah have resulted in the killing of 71 fishermen and the injury of over 100 others. He added.

He also mentioned that local authorities in the province have recorded the disappearance of 40 fishermen in the recent period, including 8 fishermen who have been missing for 22 days with no information about their fate.

He explained that the Houthi militias have disrupted most of the fishing landing centers in the province and forced some fishermen to rent their boats to them, while others have been pushed to row near western warships as human shields for their hostile acts against foreign forces.