At least 20 migrants died on a crossing from Djibouti in East Africa to Yemen. Smugglers forced eighty people on board to leave the boat in the middle of the sea. This is reported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which is part of the United Nations.
The boat left yesterday morning with 200 migrants, including minors. After 30 minutes, the smugglers started shouting that there were too many people on board, survivors tell the IOM.
The IOM says that five bodies have now been recovered. Survivors are treated in Djibouti. How they managed to survive is not known.
It is also unclear from which countries the killed migrants came, but many people from Ethiopia and Somalia venture the crossing via Djibouti. The Bab el Mandeb strait between Djibouti and Yemen is almost 30 kilometers wide.
UN: Migrants thrown overboard from Yemen, at least 20 dead
Source link UN: Migrants thrown overboard from Yemen, at least 20 dead