Over 360 dead bodies still floating in sea near Yemeni coastline

Over 360 dead bodies still floating in sea near Yemeni coastline

More than 360 bodies of I drowned immigrants are still floating in the sea off the Yemeni coast, for the sixth day in a row.

Members of the Ethiopian community in Yemen said on Wednesday that about 371 illegal immigrants drowned when their boat sank near the coast of Ras al-Ara area in Lahj province last Friday.

Sources reported that the bodies were seen floating at a distance of 10 to 20 nautical miles from the shore of the Ras Al-Ara area, where dozens of immigrants arrive daily.

The Ethiopian Yemeni community members appealed to the authorities and international organisations to retrieve the bodies of the drowned, confirming that the Yemeni Coast Guard buried two of the five bodies that were recovered, while hundreds of bodies are still at sea.

Meanwhile, navigational sources in the Ras al-Ara area warned of an epidemic catastrophe due to the decomposition of hundreds of corpses without proper recovery and burial.

The recent years have witnessed an increase in the smuggling of African migrants, especially Ethiopians and Somalis, due to the deteriorating economic and humanitarian conditions in their countries.

More than 150,000 migrants arrived in Yemen up until 2018, an increase of 50% from 2017, while 107,000 migrants arrived last year alone, according to the statistics of the International Organisation for Migration.