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UN: 35 drown off Yemen after boat capsizes

UN: 35 drown off Yemen after boat capsizes

At least 35 African migrants drowned after their boat capsized off Yemen in one of the most deadly smuggling incidents in the Gulf of Aden in recent months, a U.N. agency reported Thursday.
The smuggling boat was carrying about 117 people from Somalia when it capsized Wednesday about 155 miles (250 kilometers) off the coast of the southern port city of Aden, the U.N.'s refugee agency reported. About 35 bodies have been recovered, and the remaining passengers are believed to have made it ashore, the agency said.
"This is one of the worst incidents to occur in the Gulf of Aden in recent months," said Leila Nassif, head of the UNHCR office in Aden. "More and more people are so desperate in their countries of origin that they are ready to put their lives in jeopardy to change their situation."
The survivors included an 8-year-old Somali boy whose mother drowned. A second vessel carrying about 105 people was believed to have made it ashore safely.
Hundreds of Africans die every year trying to reach Yemen, with many drowning or being attacked by pirates and smugglers in the dangerous waters separating Somalia and the Arabian peninsula.
So far this year, 387 boats and 19,622 people have arrived in Yemen after making the voyage across the Gulf of Aden from the Horn of Africa, the U.N. agency reported. A total of 131 people have died and at least 66 others are presumed missing at sea.


Updated : 2021-10-24 11:21 GMT+08:00