DUBAI (Sputnik) — According to the minister, 49 people were on board the vessel, 32 of them are considered missing at the moment and the search and rescue operation continues.
"Seventeen people… have been saved off the ship that capsized offshore Socotra," Fahd Kafayen said in his official Facebook.
The minister also asked the coalition led by Saudi Arabia to help in the search for the survivors.
Since 2014, Yemen has been caught in a military conflict between the government of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi fighters, supported by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
A Saudi-led coalition has conducted numerous airstrikes against the Houthis since March 2015.