African pirates in the Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea are threatening the lives and livelihoods of Yemeni fishermen, according to local officials. Fighting pirates by international naval forces had added to the risks as pirates used Yemeni fishermen's boats to camouflage their activities, they said. "Piracy has become a threat to fishermen and their activities in the sea because of the lack of protection on the part of [Yemeni] coastguards," said Khaled Abdullah, secretary-general of Hadramaut Coast Association. In Mukalla, four fishermen were killed and more injured by pirates, mostly from Somalia, in 2008; more than 10 boats were seized, according to Abdullah. (IRIN)

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