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25 Ethiopian migrants missing off Yemen, forced into the sea

AP  |  Johannesburg 

Twenty-five Ethiopian migrants are missing off war-torn after being forced into the sea, the migration agency said today, highlighting the dangers of a well-traveled route from the to rich Gulf nations.

said in a post that people in the last of four boats carrying migrants were forced to swim to shore Thursday as they approached Yemen's Shabwa province from

No bodies have been found.

About 600 Ethiopian migrants, men and women, were aboard the boats, said an unusually large number of migrants to arrive off Shabwa at one time.

for Migration figures show that some 87,000 people sought to reach from the Horn of by boat in 2017.

UN agencies have attempted to discourage migrants from countries such as and from embarking on the perilous trip.

But many are drawn to attempt the journey to rich Gulf countries beyond to find work, and there is no central authority to prevent them from travelling through the impoverished country where civil war has raged since early 2015.

Last month, a boat capsized off Yemen and killed at least 30 Africans. The IOM blamed "unscrupulous smugglers" who tried "to extort more money" from the migrants. Survivors reported gunfire as the boat capsized.

The UN agencies have blamed the prolonged Yemeni conflict for subjecting refugees and migrants to the risk of human rights violations, including arbitrary arrest, detention, trafficking and deportation.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 19:45 IST