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More than 130 Migrants Feared Drowned Off Djibouti: United Nations

More than 130 migrants are missing off the coast of Djibouti after two overloaded boats capsized in rough seas.

According to the United Nations migration agency (IOM) statement issued on Tuesday, a team of gendarmerie found two survivors and the bodies of five migrants.


The vessels were heading to Yemen, a gateway to Gulf countries where many migrants hope to find jobs and better lives, said Joel Millman, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM staff identified an 18-year-old male survivor believed to have been aboard the first boat of 130 passengers, but he had no information on the second, it said.

There was no immediate information on the nationalities or itinerary of those missing.


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