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NORTH AFRICA - Dozens of desperate migrants feared dead as smugglers force hundreds into rough sea hours after 29 teenagers drowned


The UN migration agency said around 180 Ethiopians and Somalians were thrown off a boat in choppy waters.
Dozens of desperate migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of Yemen after smugglers forced hundreds of people into rough seas.
The UN migration agency said around 180 Ethiopians and Somalians were thrown off a boat in choppy waters and while five are confirmed to have died, fifty are still missing.
It is the second incident involving migrants and smugglers in as many days.
Yesterday, at least 29 teenage migrants were deliberately drowned by a people smuggler in the same area.
They were among 120 people who were deliberately pushed from a boat into the sea by a man who apparently feared arrest.
Some 27 survivors were found on a beach by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on a routine patrol.
Twenty-two are missing while the rest have moved on, the IOM said.
"We have seen five bodies and can confirm five dead," said in response to today's incident. "Fifty are still missing from this incident, so 55 are presumed dead."
IOM spokeswoman Olivia Headon told Reuters: "It may be the start of a new trend, smugglers know the situation is dangerous for them and they could be shot at, so they drop them near the shore.”
Source: Mirror

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