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Dozens of migrants heading to Yemen thrown overboard, feared dead

IOM says five bodies have been recovered, and survivors are being treated in Djibouti [File: Thomas Lohnes/AFP]

Dozens of migrants heading to Yemen thrown overboard, feared dead.

The world organization for Migration has said that a minimum of 20 migrants and refugees are dead after smugglers threw 80 people overboard during a voyage from Djibouti in East Africa to Yemen.

A statement says “smugglers started shouting there have been too many on board” after the boat with 200 migrants, including children under 18 years old, depart on Wednesday.

The IOM said five bodies are recovered, and survivors are being treated in Djibouti. it’s not immediately clear what countries the migrants during this latest journey were from.

Drownings within the waters off Djibouti, typically involving migrants and refugees from Ethiopia or Somalia trying to flee poverty and war reception by finding add Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, became common.

In October, a minimum of eight migrants drowned after smugglers forced them off a ship near Djibouti.

In 2017, up to 50 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia were “deliberately drowned” when a smuggler forced them into the ocean off Yemen’s coast.

And in 2018, a minimum of 30 migrants died when a ship capsized off Yemen, with survivors reporting gunfire.

 

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