At least 30 African refugees and migrants have drowned off the coast of Yemen after the boat they were travelling on capsized. Civilian lives have been devastated by indiscriminate bombing and shelling, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances and a spiraling humanitarian crisis that has made more than 22 million people reliant on aid to survive.
The U.N. Refugee Agency said it was "outraged" by the latest deaths. "Because of the incredibly hard conditions of Yemen, people get fed up".
At least 30 African refugees and migrants drowned earlier this week off the coast of Aden, Yemen after an overcrowded boat on its way to Djibouti capsized, the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Friday.
The vessel "capsized amid reports of gunfire being used against the passengers", the United Nations agencies said, adding that it was working with the Yemeni coast guard to try to find out what happened.
The statement said the agency and its partners were working to learn more about the episode and were providing emergency assistance to survivors. The victims past year included at least 50 passengers from Somalia and Ethiopia bound for Yemen, who were thrown into the sea by traffickers as their boat neared the coast.
"There's also an enormous trafficking industry within Yemen - people still heading further on into the Gulf states for work".
More than 9,200 people have been killed in Yemen since 2015, when a Saudi-led military coalition began to battle Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, in order to restore the country's internationally recognised government to power. About 100,000 migrants from Ethiopia left Saudi Arabia past year, either voluntarily or through deportation, including some who returned via Yemen.