115 AFRICAN MIGRANTS ARRESTED WHILE ATTEMPTING TO CROSS INTO YEMEN

African migrants whose boat capsized in Yemeni waters before approaching the coast

SANA’A, April 23, 2014 (Yemen Times) —Coastguard and military units on Saturday arrested 115 migrants and refugees traveling in two boats. The detained are from Somalia and Ethiopia.

Shuja Mahdi, the operations director of the Coastguard, said the first boat was encountered near Mayyun island with 75 on board, 15 of them Somalis and four of them women.

Patrols of the 17th Infantry Brigade spotted the second boat carrying 23 Somalis and 17 Ethiopians off the Dubab coast, according to the state-run Saba news agency.

Zaid Alalaya, a senior public information officer at the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said March witnessed the largest influx of migrants and refugees over the last three months. Read more…

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