Yesterday, an official Yemeni source reported that 70 bodies of African migrants had been found, as a result of the sinking of a boat carrying dozens of migrants off the coast of Lahj Governorate, southern Yemen.
“The boat carrying about 200 African migrants sank two to three days ago, about 20 nautical miles from the Ras al-Ara area in the Mudaraba district,” said Jalil Ahmed, head of the Southern Transitional Council in the Mudaraba Directorate.
He added that 70 bodies arrived on the shore of Al-Hajaf area in Ras Al-Ara, including four Yemenis (the owners of the boat), while dozens of bodies are still scattered at sea.
The local official indicated that the boat, which was carrying the migrants, was owned by Yemeni smugglers.
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