Nearly 200 refugees 'thrown' into sea
More refugees and migrants have been “deliberately drowned” by human smugglers for the second time in 24 hours off the coast of Yemen, according to the United Nations migration agency.
Patrol teams from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) found in the south of Yemen at least five bodies on Thursday morning, and are still searching for at least 50 more who remain missing.
“It is indeed a very dramatic situation,” Laurent de Boeck, the agency’s chief for Yemen, said yesterday.
“They were in a boat with smugglers, who dropped them at sea before arriving at the shore. Some people have disappeared. But others were actually buried by their friends on the beaches.”
De Boeck said the incident was reported by some of the survivors, whom he described as “exhausted and under shock”.
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