Captive Algerian sailors' health critical

2011-09-07 20:03

Algiers - Several Algerian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates since their capture in January are critically ill, with no food or water, their families said Wednesday after speaking to the captives.

The 17 seamen were among the 27 crew of an Algerian-flagged bulk carrier seized on January 1 off the coast of Oman, with most of the others from Ukraine.

"The health of several hostages is critical and their morale is at an all-time low," said Fawzi Ait Ramdane, who managed to speak to his father on the telephone on Wednesday.

He said that during Ramadan the hostages received just a piece of bread every five days.

The sailors criticised the behaviour of the Jordanian charter company of their boat the "MV Blida" and asked when the Algerian government "will get us out of this hell", their families said.

Ouardia Hannouche, the wife of one of the sailors, said her husband reported having no food or water.

Several regions of Somalia have been hit by famine sparked by the drought affecting the Horn of Africa.

The captives' relatives gathered on Wednesday in front of the Algerian state television headquarters in Algiers to "condemn the media silence" on the plight of the captives, said Ait Ramdane.

The "MV Blida" belonged to the company International Bulk Carriers (IBC), an Algerian-Saudi operated subsidiary of the CNAN Group, which specialises in maritime cargo transport.

Somali pirates are currently holding 52 boats and 573 sailors hostage according to the Ecoterra group.

Read more on:    algeria  |  somalia  |  east africa  |  north africa  |  pirates
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Mitchells Plain - 19:35 PM
    Road name: M7 Vanguard Drive
    ROADWORKS - traffic restrictions between the R300 and Highlands Drive - expect delays
  • Tuesday Belhar - 17:58 PM
    Road name: Belhar Drive
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Alabama Drive
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB

There are no straight lines in nature. The Samsung  GALAXY...

From R3795.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is always easier to look out and see what needs changing. Looking in is a lot harder... Today you may need to look at what...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.