20 Indians killed in Saudi air strikes in Yemen


News agency Reuters reported on Tuesday night that as maany as  20 Indian nationals had been killed by Saudi-led coalition air strikes on fuel smugglers at Yemen’s Hodeidah port on Tuesday.

The local residents and fishermen said that two boats were hit in the attack on an area called al-Khokha near Hodeidah port.

Al-Khokha is a small port near Hodeidah in western Yemen used by Indians to smuggle badly needed fuel supplies into the country.

The Ministry of External Affairs said it had no information about the reports of 20 Indians killed.

“We are ascertaining the facts about the reports,” MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup was quoted as saying.

The Indian Embassy in Yemen was shut down in April after evacuation of its nationals.