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Fifty-five more migrants feared drowned after being forced from boat off Yemen - U.N. agency

06:45 EDT 10 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

Fifty-five more migrants feared drowned after being forced from boat off Yemen - U.N. agencyBy Stephanie Nebehay and Charlotte Steenackers GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Some 180 young Ethiopian and Somali migrants, many weakened by hunger and drought in their home countries, were forced from a boat into rough seas off Yemen by smugglers on Thursday and 55 were presumed drowned, the U.N. migration agency said. It was the second such incident in as many days off Shabwa province in southern Yemen, where 50 teenage African migrants were "deliberately drowned" on Wednesday by a smuggler who forced 120 passengers off his boat, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. The IOM said it feared the incidents might mark the start of a new trend in people-smuggling that could lead to more deaths.


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