Tragedy at Sea: Migrant Boat Sinks off Yemen's Coast

A boat carrying around 260 Somali and Ethiopian migrants sank off Yemen's coast, with at least 49 dead and 140 missing. The UN's International Organization for Migration reported ongoing search efforts. Yemen remains a key migration route with growing migrant arrivals despite its civil war.

PTI | Cairo | Updated: 11-06-2024 17:57 IST | Created: 11-06-2024 17:57 IST
Tragedy at Sea: Migrant Boat Sinks off Yemen's Coast
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A boat carrying migrants sank off the coast of Yemen, leaving at least 49 dead and 140 missing, the UN's International Organization for Migration stated on Tuesday.

The vessel, which embarked on its journey from the northern coast of Somalia, was headed for Yemen's southern coast. It carried approximately 260 Somalis and Ethiopians over a perilous 320-kilometer trek across the Gulf of Aden.

So far, search efforts have rescued 71 people. Among the casualties were 31 women and six children. Yemen serves as a major transit route for East African migrants seeking work in Gulf countries despite Yemen's ongoing civil war. From 2021 to 2023, migrant arrivals skyrocketed from 27,000 to over 90,000 annually.

Currently, around 380,000 migrants are in Yemen, according to IOM. Migrants are often transported on dangerous, overcrowded boats, risking their lives. In April, 62 people died in two shipwrecks off Djibouti's coast while attempting to reach Yemen. At least 1,860 people have died or disappeared on this route, with 480 confirmed drownings.

IOM spokesperson Mohammedali Abunajela emphasized the urgency of addressing migration challenges and ensuring migrant safety along these perilous routes.

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