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At least 43 African migrants drown off Yemen coast

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Laaska News January 4,2011

Three Somalis were rescued
ADEN, Jan 3 (Reuters) – At least 43 African migrants have drowned off the coast of Yemen while trying to cross to the Arabian Peninsula country, Yemen’s Interior Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry website said three Somalis were rescued after a vessel carrying 46 people mostly from Ethiopia capsized, and that there was another boat missing with up to 40 on board.

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

Reuters