Sanaa: Dozens of African migrants have died after a boat carrying them sank off the coast of Yemen.
According to the foreign news agency AFP, about 160 to 200 people were on board the carrier carrying African migrants and the cause of the overcrowding was reversed two days ago. However, the Yemeni news website Aden al-Gad has confirmed the drowning of about 150 migrants, citing sources.
A fisherman in Yemen’s coastal province of Lahj told AFP he had recovered 25 bodies off the coast of Ras al-Ara so far. It should be noted that the long coastline of Ras Al Ara is called the paradise of human traffickers and this 20 km long waterway separates Yemen and the East African country of Djibouti and connects it with the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
In recent years, thousands of African migrants, mostly from Ethiopia and Somalia, have used the same Yemeni waterway to enter Saudi Arabia.
Officials at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an international organization working for migrants, say they are confirming reports that a boat carrying a large number of migrants has sunk.