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GULF OF ADEN BOAT SINKING LEAVES 66 DEAD IMMIGRANTS FROM SOMALIA, ERITREA AND ETHIOPIA Featured

GULF OF ADEN BOAT SINKING LEAVES 66 DEAD IMMIGRANTS FROM SOMALIA, ERITREA AND ETHIOPIA

Scores have drowned in the Red Sea in recent weeks trying to cross to Yemen making this year’s death toll the highest in years, the UN’s refugee agency said Friday.

“There’s been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths in 2014 than in the last three years combined,” UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told reporters.

Thousands of people fleeing lawless Somalia and the iron-fisted regime in Eritrea, among other troubled countries, try to reach Yemen in the hope of making their way on to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

In the latest incident, 64 migrants and three crew died on October 2 when their vessel sank in the Gulf of Aden after leaving Somalia, he said.

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