Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Death toll in boat capsize off Djibouti coast climbs to 42

The death toll in the boat capsize off the Djibouti coast has climbed to 42.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said, at least 42 people have died after a boat operated by people smugglers, transporting approximately 60 migrants capsized on its way to Djibouti in the early hours of Monday morning.

The UN migration agency said the dead included at least 16 children. On Monday, the IOM announced that some 34 migrants had died in the incident as they were being transported by human smugglers.

The latest boat accident is one of many similar deadly calamities that have occurred on Djibouti’s Red Sea coast area.
In most such incidents, desperate East African migrants attempted to cross the dangerous route hoping to reach the Middle East via war-torn Yemen. They mainly sought to reach Yemen’s northern neighbor Saudi Arabia.

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