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At least 30 refugees drown off Yemeni coast

At least 30 refugees drown off Yemeni coast

The vessel "capsized amid reports of gunfire being used against the passengers", the United Nations agencies said, adding that it was working with the Yemeni coast guard to try to find out what happened.

The boat was reportedly being run by smugglers who tried to take more money from the migrants.

International Organization for Migration staff assist Somali and Ethiopian migrants in Yemen.

"As we have been saying for nearly five years now, the preservation of human life is our utmost priority everywhere", IOM Director William Lacy Swing said.

Despite prevailing conflict and rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions more than 87,000 migrants and refugees risked their lives on the high seas in 2017 - seeking to reach Yemen from the Horn of Africa by boat.

Jeffrey Labovitz, the agency's regional director in Nairobi, said many migrants in Yemen are enduring "dire and vulnerable situations in a country at war, which is also suffering from large-scale food shortages".

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Some later seek to flee again, putting their lives in the hands of people smugglers.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed outrage and sadness over the incident, which occurred Tuesday.

"This heartbreaking tragedy underscores, yet again, just how devastating Yemen's conflict continues to be for civilians", Maalouf said.

Millman doubted there were large numbers leaving Yemen by boat because most people who were stuck there did not have the means to get away. "Some are dying in the process".

Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war pitting a Saudi-led coalition backing an internationally recognized government against Iran-backed Shiite rebels since March 2015. Millions of Yemenis are facing acute hunger and disease, including a cholera epidemic that has sickened roughly 1 million people.


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