The Chinese (Xinhua) agency said, quoting a Yemeni spokesman, that the number of bodies recovered from migrants who drowned off Yemen has reached 79.
The spokesman for the local authority in the Yemeni province of Lahj, Saadan Al-Yafei, told the agency that 79 bodies of African migrants, including four Yemenis, were recovered from the crew of the boat that sank in Yemeni waters.
He added that the bodies were found on the beach of the “Al-Jahaf” area near the “Ras Al-Ara” port in the Al-Mudaraba district in Lahj governorate.
Al-Yafei confirmed that dozens of bodies are still at sea, pointing out that the local authority in Lahj has addressed the International Organization for Migration to intervene, pointing out that there are fears of an environmental disaster as a result of the decomposition of dozens of bodies without proper recovery and burial.
Last Monday, an official local source told Xinhua that a boat carrying about 160 African migrants and four Yemenis sank off the “Al-Jahaf” area in the western side of the “Ras Al-Ara” area of the “Al-Mudaraba” district in the Yemeni province of Lahj.
Yesterday, Tuesday, the head of the local council in the Directorate of Mudaraba, appointed by the Southern Transitional Council, Jalil Ahmed, confirmed to Xinhua that 25 bodies of migrants whose boat sank off Ras al-Ara had been recovered.
He added at the time, “We were informed by the security that there were five Africans who survived the incident and went out on the coasts of the Al-Saqiya area, and the chief smuggler in the area, a man named Al-Osaili, took them.”
Yemen has been witnessing a bloody conflict since late 2014, but it continues to receive illegal immigrants from the Horn of Africa, despite their exposure to great risks.
Source: تهامة برس by tehamapress.net.
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