50 African teen migrants ‘deliberately drowned’ off Yemen – IOM

50 African teen migrants ‘deliberately drowned’ off Yemen – IOM

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 10:59 pm

Italian navy helping migrants (FILE PHOTO)

Roughly 50 teenage Somali and Ethiopian migrants were “deliberately drowned’’ on Wednesday by a smuggler, who forced 120 passengers into the sea off Yemen’s coast, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.

“The survivors told our colleagues on the beach that the smuggler pushed them to the sea, when he saw some ‘authority types’ near the coast,” Laurent Boeck, the IOM Yemen Chief of Mission, said in a statement.

“IOM staff found the remains of 29 African migrants buried on the beach in Yemen’s Shabwa province along the Gulf of Aden, while another 22 were missing after the incident, according to survivors.

“They were all quite young, the average age was around 16,” IOM spokeswoman, Olivia Headon, said.


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