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Monday, 8 December 2014

70 Ethiopians Dead in Migrant Boat Capsize

At least 70 Ethiopians drowned on the Red Sea Saturday when a migrant
boat, bound for Yemen, capsized in rough weather, adding to what was
already a record year for maritime smuggling deaths.

Heavy winds and waves battered the vessel before it sank off the port
of al-Makha in Taiz province, Yemeni security officials announced
Sunday.

In October, the U.N. Refugee Agency declared 2014 the most dangerous
in recent memory for migrants trying to reach Yemen by water.

Saturday's sinking marks the deadliest crossing of the year and brings
the death toll at sea to at least 285.

Tens of thousands of African migrants risk the overcrowded and unsafe
voyage annually.



Credit: VOA News

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