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20 migrants killed after smugglers throw them into sea off Djibouti: IOM

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  • At the least 20 migrants misplaced their lives because of drowning after smugglers threw them into the ocean throughout a crossing between Djibouti and Yemen.
  • At the least 200 migrants, together with kids, had been aboard the vessel when it left Oulebi in Djibouti within the early hours of Wednesday.
  • Of the 80 individuals who had been pressured off, solely 60 made it again to shore.

NAIROBI: At the least 20 migrants misplaced their lives because of drowning after smugglers threw them into the ocean throughout a crossing between Djibouti and Yemen, the Worldwide Organisation for Migration (IOM) mentioned Thursday.

“Survivors believe at least 20 people have been killed. There are still some unaccounted for. Five bodies washed up on shore,” Yvonne Ndege, IOM regional spokesperson for the East and Horn of Africa, advised AFP.

At the least 200 migrants, together with kids, had been aboard the vessel when it left Oulebi in Djibouti within the early hours of Wednesday for Yemen, survivors advised the IOM.

About thirty minutes into the voyage throughout the Gulf of Aden the smugglers panicked, survivors mentioned, throwing round 80 individuals overboard earlier than turning the vessel again towards Djibouti.

“Of the 80 people who were forced off, only 60 made it back to shore,” Ndege mentioned.

5 our bodies had been recovered Wednesday and there are fears the demise toll might nonetheless rise.

The survivors are receiving medical remedy within the Djibouti port city of Obock and testimonies are nonetheless being collected.

Two comparable incidents within the Gulf of Aden in October claimed the lives of a minimum of 50 migrants, the IOM mentioned.

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