Monday, January 21, 2008

Migrants Drowning in the Gulf of Aden

At least 16 migrants drown off Yemen coast

Washington Post/Reuters

Monday, January 21, 2008; 8:46 AM

ADEN (Reuters) - At least 16 people including six children drowned in the Gulf of Aden while trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen, Yemeni media said on Monday.

One person was missing while 11 people including two women made it to Yemen's shores after their boat sank near the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula country late on Saturday, al-Ayyam newspaper said.

The survivors said the boat was overloaded and the seas were rough, the newspaper reported.

Many African migrants cross to Yemen, which they see as a gateway to other parts of the Middle East, and the West.

(Reporting by Mohamed Mokhashaf)

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