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The fishermen said they found 25 bodies after the boat they were traveling on capsized.
The bodies of 25 migrants were found off the coast of Yemen after their boat, which reportedly carried up to 200 people, capsized, a provincial official told AFP.
“The boat capsized two days ago and carried between 160 and 200 people,” said Jalil Ahmed Ali of Lahij provincial authorities, citing information provided by Yemeni smugglers.
The fate of the other people on board remained unclear.
Fishermen in southern Yemen told AFP they found 25 bodies of the victims, apparently of African origin – some of the many trying to reach Yemen before crossing the border into the Gulf states.
Fishermen said the bodies were floating in the waters of the Ras al-Ara region in the southern province of Lahij, overlooking the Bab al-Mandeb Strait off the coast of Djibouti.
“We saw bodies floating in the water 10 miles (16 km) off the coast of Ras al-Ara,” said one of the fishermen.
The UN International Organization for Migration has confirmed to AFP that a boat has sunk in the area, but said it is still trying to establish the details of the incident.
Despite the conflict in Yemen, migrants continue to travel there in hopes of relocating to find work in neighboring Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich states whose economies depend on millions of foreign workers.
Migrants often find themselves stranded in Yemen, which is mired in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis after six years of conflict.
In recent months, dozens of migrants have died in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, which separates Djibouti from Yemen, which is the main route of international trade as well as human trafficking.
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