Why were they fleeing to Yemen? Is it because of its proximity and the perception of Yemen as a gateway to other Gulf states and Europe? or is there something else?
ELIZA MACKINTOSH | CNN
Refugees and migrants hoping to reach oil-rich Gulf countries — many of them teenagers — are increasingly traversing a dangerous sea route to Yemen, despite the conflict raging there.
The flow of migrants crossing a small sea passage from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, which has continued unabated for years, reached a record of over 117,000 migrants and asylum seekers in 2016 — up from around 100,000 the year before.
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“I am 100 percent in agreement with prosecutor Zuccaro as he asked a real question… Those who become indignant at the drop of a hat are hypocrites.” – Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano
Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said he “agreed 100 percent” with a prosecutor’s repeated suggestions that some charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya.
Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said he “agreed 100 percent” with claims made last week accusing migrant rescue charities of colluding with people smugglers in Libya.
The debate was sparked recently by Sicilian prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro, who told the Italian media that he had “evidence that there are direct contacts between certain NGOs and people traffickers in Libya,” but didn’t know if it could be used in court.
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Attack on boat near Bab al-Mandeb Strait leaves dozens of Somali refugees dead.
A boat packed with Somali migrants came under attack overnight off Yemen’s coast close to a strategic Red Sea strait. 77 survivors were pulled out of the water. (Photo: Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters)
Dozens of Somali refugees have been killed off the coast of Hodeidah in Yemen after a helicopter attacked the boat they were travelling in, according to the International Organization for Migration.
Joel Millman, spokesman for the Geneva-based agency, told the AFP news agency that 42 bodies had been “recovered”, after earlier reports on Friday had put the fatalities at more than 30.
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Second boat wreck in just two months
More than 100 migrants are feared dead after boat wrecks in the Mediterranean – second tragedy in just two months (Photo: Getty)
A boat with 110 migrants onboard has sunk off the coast of Libya, with just four people rescued so far, AP reported, citing aid workers. This marks the worst such shipwreck incident so far this year, following a record death toll of some 5,000 people in 2016.
Eight bodies have already been recovered, but weather conditions at the scene, 50 kilometers from the Libyan coast, interfered with the search efforts, Italy’s ANSA agency reported.
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Arrivals by sea in Italy, however, increased by 20% in the same year.
The number of migrants reaching the European Union by sea fell by two-thirds in 2016 due to a migration deal with Turkey but arrivals in Italy from north Africa hit an all-time high. (Photo: Mathieu Willcocks/MOAS)
The total number of migrants reaching Europe by two main sea routes in 2016 fell by nearly two-thirds to 364 000 in comparison with 2015. Last year saw a significant drop in arrivals on the Greek islands, while Italy experienced a record number of migrants.
According to preliminary estimates, last year the number of migrants detected on Greece’s islands in the eastern Aegean and its mainland dropped by 79 % to 182,500.
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Ambassador Tesfamicael Gerahtu
, Shabait Eritrean Delegation Statement
UNHRC 67th Session– EXCOM Meeting
3 – 8 October 2016 Presented by Ambassador Tesfamicael Gerahtu
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eritrea Geneva, 5 October 2016
Excellencies and Delegates
My delegation commends the UNHRC, EXCOM and the Chair person for organizing and leading the current session. I also congratulate you, HE Mr Filipo Grandi on your election as UN High Commissioner for Refugees and express my delegation’s readiness to engage and cooperate with your mandate.
We believe that the influx of migrants, forced displacements and refugees constitute a colossal force and challenge of today’s global reality. Accordingly, a governance of migration rooted on a development-migration nexus has decisive implications to the promotion of peace and security, and human right and development.
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