Yemen releases Egyptian fishing boat

Yemeni authorities on Monday released an Egyptian fishing boat seized two months ago having entered Yemen's waters without permission.

Ashraf Aql, the Egyptian ambassador in Sanaa, said the vessel is sailing back from Hodeidah Port in western Yemen to Damietta Port in northern Egypt.

Egyptian state-run news agency MENA reported Aql as saying the vessel has its captain and a mechanic on board, adding that Yemeni authorities released the boat after fines were paid in accordance with Yemeni law.

The vessel was seized by the Yemeni Coast Guard on 11 February with 25 sailors on board. Twenty-three were released on 17 February after the Egyptian Foreign Ministry pressed Yemeni authorities for their release.

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