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5 dead, 50 missing as smugglers throw 180 Yemen-bound migrants into sea

Smugglers on Wednesday forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into rough seas

AFP | PTI  |  Dubai 

Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea
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At least five migrants drowned and 50 went missing on Thursday when smugglers forced 180 Africans off a boat bound for Yemen, a day after a similar drama that left 29 dead, the Organization for said.

Twenty-five people were being treated for injuries on a Yemeni beach, said the IOM, which could not immediately confirm the nationalities of the casualties.


Smugglers on Wednesday forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into rough seas off to avoid arrest by local authorities, leaving at least 29 dead and 22 missing, the organisation said.

First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 18:48 IST
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