According to local authorities in Faw, on Friday, a Kuwaiti naval patrol that arrested at least for 8 Iraqi fishermen and seized their ship in the late night yesterday, as the ship took them with the direction of the Kuwaiti coast.
The head of the local council in Faw, Abdul Ali Fadel Rmathi in an interview for “Alsumaria News”, “sea patrols Kuwaiti intercepted a fishing vessel Iraqi and arrested at least for 8 fishermen working on her back, which took them to their ship towards the coast of Kuwait,” noting that ” the arrest operation carried out late at night on Thursday but did not know by noon today. “
He Rmathi that “the fishing vessel was located in an area within Iraqi territorial waters when they were intercepted,” calling the Iraqi government to “deal firmly with abuse Kuwaiti fishermen.”
For his part, Director of Sindbad fishermen in Faw Badran Issa said in an interview for “Alsumaria News”, “ship seized by the Kuwaitis are unlikely to have entered Kuwaiti territorial waters by mistake because the charge for it (Nokhitha) and named Hassan Hadi Abboud with expertise and efficiency in his field. “
Jesus pointed out that “repeated abuses Kuwaiti Iraqi fishermen have suffered extremely disappointed, and pay a lot of them to refrain from frequenting the sea to earn a living,” adding that “the profession of fishing are threatened with suspension in light of the growing phenomenon of abuses and attacks the Kuwaiti and Iranian.”
The Faw district, about 100 km south of Basra, has a port dedicated for the anchoring of boats and fishing vessels, which is reviewing the number of six thousand ship, wooden and metal small scale during the seventies of the last century to no more than 500 ships of the same type during the current year, and all working on board ship between 6 to 14 fishermen.
Is the phenomenon of harassment and arrests suffered by fishermen during their work by naval patrols of Iran and Kuwait, as well as high fuel prices and the absence of government support of the most important factors that led to the decline of the profession of marine fisheries, which was known by the residents of Faw district, overlooking the Persian Gulf, along with henna palm cultivation and raising livestock.
Be noted that most marine fish frozen available in local markets in the province of Basra, about 590 km south of Baghdad, are imported from Iran and some Gulf states, after it had been the province before 2003, supply the local markets in most provinces with large quantities of marine fish, the best known locally Zubaidi and patient and grouper.