UK’s Development Minister meets with Somalia president
"Ten Ethiopians suffocated en route to Yemen as the smugglers crammed and confined 25 people to the engine room with no ventilation," the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said. "Survivors claim that their bodies were thrown into the sea some seven hours after departure."
There were reports that another four people reportedly died in waves, the agency said. This reportedly happened as "smugglers, fearing detection by the Yemeni navy, forced the remaining passengers to disembark too far from the coast. After the exhausting trip they were simply too tired to swim and succumbed to the rough sea."
The Horn of Africa has been wracked by warfare, famine and political instability, conditions that have spurred flight. More than 9,000 Somalis and 27,000 Ethiopians have arrived in Yemen by boat so far this year.
Some of the passengers found on Yemen
UK Minister Mitchell praised the Somali government and its people for their courage and commitment to fight against Al-Shabaab and progress in debt relief through economic reforms.