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by Atul Aneja
July 17,2012 | Source: The Hindu
An Indian fisherman has been killed and three seriously injured after an American naval ship fired on the small motorised boat in which they were travelling off the coast of Dubai.
The Emirates’ state news agency citing a foreign ministry official confirmed the incident, which took place about 48 kilometers off the Jebel Ali port, southwest of Dubai. The U.S. naval activity in this area has been stepped up after tensions with Iran have recently escalated over free passage along the strategic Strait of Hormuz, through which nearly 20 per cent of the world oil supplies pass.
The fisherman who was killed has been identified as Sekar of Periyapattinam in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. The injured are Muniraj, Panpuvan and Murugan who also hail from Ramanathapuram, according to Karaiyur Fishermen Association President Malairajan.
Diplomatic sources said that their immediate task is to look at the “humanitarian side” of the incident, before investigating in greater depth the circumstances that led to the tragedy.
In a statement, the Bahrain based US fifth fleet that coordinates all activities of its warships in the region said that one of its ships fired as a means of last resort, after all warnings to stop the boat went unheeded.
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