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The Number of Dead Climbs to 52 after the Descent of Migrant Boats Off Djibouti

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Thursday that the death toll on two migrant boats that capsized off the coast of Djibouti on Tuesday has been raised to 52, Xinhua news reported Friday.
The IOM team learned Wednesday night that the remains of 52 victims were found – three men and two women found Tuesday and 47 other people Wednesday, IOM said in the statement.
On the other hand, IOM revealed that 16 survivors had been rescued from the fatal Obock crash on the Red Sea coast in Djibouti.
The tragedy occurred off Godoria, a locality in the Obock region northeast of Djibouti.
Following the accident on Tuesday, a team of gendarmes gathered near the site, alerted by locals. The team discovered two survivors on Tuesday.
The latest accident is reported to be one of many similar deadly calamities in the coastal region of Djibouti, bordering the Red Sea, as desperate migrants from eastern Africa attempt to cross the dangerous road in hope to reach the Middle East through Yemen torn by war. They are mainly aimed at reaching the neighboring country, Saudi Arabia, in northern Yemen.
“This tragic event demonstrates the risks faced by vulnerable migrants who innocently seek a better life,” said IOM Chef de Mission Djibouti Lalini Veerassamy.
“The government of Djibouti has always shown empathy and regional leadership on this crucial issue and we will continue to support them to prevent such tragedies and protect the lives of migrants,” said Veerassamy.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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