38 migrants killed in Yemen boat capsize

Reuters June 11, 2024


Thirty-eight migrants coming from the Horn of Africa were killed after their boat capsized off Yemen’s Aden, a local official and witnesses said on Monday.

Hadi Al-Khurma, the director of Rudum district, told Reuters the boat sank before it reached the shores of the Shabwa governorate, east of Aden. “Fishermen and residents managed to rescue 78 of the migrants, who reported that about 100 others who were with them on the same boat are missing.

The search is still ongoing, and the United Nations has been informed of the incident,” he said. According to the United Nations, 97,000 migrants arrived in Yemen from the Horn of Africa last year.

The International Organization for Migration said this year that the number of African migrants coming yearly had tripled from roughly 27,000 in 2021 to over 90,000 in 2023, despite the war in Yemen and recent Houthi assaults on ships in the Red Sea. 


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