Yemen

    The number of people illegally crossing the Gulf of Aden and the Mediterranean Sea is on the rise, the UN refugee agency reported Nov. 4, as it confirmed that 12 people fleeing Somalia in the past week have been found dead on a beach in Yemen and 28 others remain missing. The 75 survivors told the UNHCR at its Ahwar reception center that passengers had each paid USD 100 before leaving, but when the Yemeni coast was in sight, the smugglers demanded more money. Those who did not or could not pay, mostly Ethiopians, were severely beaten and thrown overboard. (UN News Service)

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