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US News The bodies of 25 migrants found off Yemen

20:30  14 june  2021
20:30  14 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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fishermen found Monday, June 14 at least 25 migrants who were apparently trying to reach Yemen in the hope of joining the rich Gulf States, announced a local Yemenite official at AFP.

"Fishermen found 25 bodies in the sea," near the Strait of Bab Al-Mandeb and Djibouti, Jalil Ahmed Ali, adding that the boat had "overthrown two days ago and carried between 160 and 200 people ". The fate of other people is not known.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed to the AFP the sinking of a boat in this area, stating that the exact circumstances of the accident were unclear. The boat sank near the ribs of Ras Al-Ara, in the region of Lahj (south), a zone nicknamed "Hell" of migrants by NGOs.

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Despite the conflict that ravages Yemen, clandestine migrations are continuing from Ethiopia in particular. "We found 25 bodies (migrants) who drowned when a boat carrying dozens of them sank to the Yemeni coasts," said one of the fishermen at AFP.

A major road for human trafficking

The rich oil countries of the Gulf, such as Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates, host a large foreign workforce from the Indian or Africa subcontinent. In recent months, dozens of migrants died in the Strait of Bab Al-Mandeb who separates Djibouti from Yemen, a major road for international trade, but also migration and trafficking in human beings.

blocked in Yemen at war, many migrants also make the opposite path. In April, at least 42 migrants died off Djibouti after their boat, from Yemen, capsized, according to IOM.

The organization estimates 32,000 the number of migrants, mostly Ethiopians, always blocked in the developed country by more than six years of civil war and immersed in what the UN qualifies as worse humanitarian disaster ongoing worldwide.

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