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Thousands of African migrants have arrived in Yemen in 2022: IOM

Irregular African migrants are seen at a prison in Taizz, Yemen on 25 December 2019. [Abdulnaser Alseddik - Anadolu Agency]
Irregular African migrants are seen at a prison in Taizz, Yemen on 25 December 2019. [Abdulnaser Alseddik - Anadolu Agency]

More than 40,000 African migrants have arrived in war-torn Yemen since the start of this year, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Anadolu News Agency reports.

"More than 40,000 migrants have landed on Yemen's shores, so far, in 2022 according to displacement tracking matrix (DTM) estimates," the IOM said in a statement.

The UN agency said women and children accounted for 30 per cent of the migrants who had arrived in the war-ravaged country.

The IOM warned that the situation along Yemen's border areas remains precarious, with continued reporting of violations against migrants.

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African migrants, particularly from Ethiopia and Somalia, use Yemen as a transit point on their way to the Gulf for work.

Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability since 2014, when Iran-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital, Sana'a.

The conflict has created one of the world's worst man-made humanitarian crises, with 23.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, and more than 19 million are in danger of starvation, according to latest UN estimates.

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