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29 drown as smugglers push migrants into sea off Yemen: IOM


SANAA, Aug. 11 — Smugglers forced 120 Somali and Ethiopian
migrants into rough seas off Yemen, leaving 29 dead and 22 missing, the
International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday.

The IOM said it had found the shallow graves of 29 migrants on a beach in
the southern province of Shabwa after they had been buried by survivors.
“The smugglers deliberately pushed the migrants into the waters since they
feared that they would be arrested by the authorities once they reach the
shore,” said an IOM emergency officer in Aden. Then they “simply went back
to where they came from to pick more migrants and try to smuggle them into
Yemen, again.”

IOM said around 55,000 migrants have left the Horn of Africa headed for
Yemen since the start of the year, most aiming to find work in Gulf
countries.The IOM officer said there were “many women and children among
those who died and those who are still missing”. An IOM statement said its
staff had provided urgent care to surviving migrants who had stayed on the
beach.-XINHUA