Smugglers throw migrants in Yemen Sea, 5 die, 50 missing

| Updated: Aug 11, 2017 01:32 IST

New Delhi [India] Aug 10 (ANI): Nearly 5 migrants are feared dead and 50 are missing after smugglers threw 180 Africans off a boat into the sea off Yemen's coast. On Wednesday a similar incident occurred where smugglers pushed 120 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia into waters. The inhumane act left 29 people dead. According to the International Organization of Migration (IOM) nearly 55,000 migrants have left African nations for Yemen since January. Despite the ongoing civil war in Yemen, people from African countries, mostly from Ethiopia and Somalia, migrate to the Gulf country to evade home crisis. Many of these migrants fall in the hands of armed trafficking rings. Also, the smugglers who carry these migrants drop them near the shore fearing the armed groups. More than 111,500 migrants arrived on Yemen's shores last year.

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