NAIROBI: A minimum of 20 folks drowned after smugglers threw dozens of migrants overboard throughout a crossing between Djibouti and Yemen, the Worldwide Group for Migration (IOM) stated Thursday.
“Survivors consider no less than 20 folks have been killed. There are nonetheless some unaccounted for. 5 our bodies washed up onshore,” Yvonne Ndege, IOM regional spokesperson for the East and Horn of Africa, instructed AFP.
A minimum of 200 migrants, together with kids, have been aboard the vessel when it left Oulebi in Djibouti within the early hours of Wednesday for Yemen, survivors instructed the IOM.
About thirty minutes into the voyage throughout the Gulf of Aden the smugglers panicked, survivors stated, throwing round 80 folks overboard earlier than turning the vessel again towards Djibouti.
“Of the 80 individuals who have been compelled off, solely 60 made it again to shore,” Ndege stated.
5 our bodies have 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 related incidents within the Gulf of Aden in October claimed the lives of no less than 50 migrants, the IOM stated.