Nearly 200 refugees 'thrown' into sea

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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”.

Photo: AFP

Emer­gency work­ers and of­fi­cials ex­am­ine the scene of an ac­ci­dent where a Lon­don bus ploughed into a shop on a busy street in south­west Lon­don yes­ter­day, leav­ing two peo­ple trapped and oth­ers hurt af­ter the driver blacked out, wit­nesses said

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