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38 migrants killed after boat capsizes off Yemen, official says

June 10, 2024 at 8:48 pm

Yemeni coastguard members ride in a patrol boat in the Red Sea off of the government-held town of Mokha in the western Taiz province, close to the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, on December 12, 2023 [KHALED ZIAD/AFP via Getty Images]

Thirty-eight migrants coming from the Horn of Africa were killed after their boat capsized off Yemen’s Aden, a local official and witnesses said on Monday, Reuters reports.

Hadi Al-Khurma, the Director of Rudum district, told Reuters the boat sank before it reached the shores of the Shabwa governorate, east of Aden.

“Fishermen and residents managed to rescue 78 of the migrants, who reported that about 100 others who were with them on the same boat are missing. The search is still ongoing, and the United Nations has been informed of the incident,” he said.

According to the United Nations, 97,000 migrants arrived in Yemen from the Horn of Africa last year.

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