On Thursday, 10 August 2017, some 180 African migrants who had taken their seats by boat were thrown overboard by smugglers off Yemen. There are at least five dead and 50 missing persons, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The same tragedy occurred the night before.
On Wednesday, 120 migrants from the Horn of Africa were deliberately thrown into the sea by smugglers as they approached the coast of Chabwa province in southern Yemen.
IOM estimated that there were about 50 victims, including 29 discovered in hastily dug graves on the beach.
On Thursday, still off Yemen, a second drama of the same kind occurred, according to the IOM. Some 180 people from Somalia and Ethiopia were thrown into the sea by smugglers.
The organization said it worked closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to give burial to the dead and treat the survivors.
Migrants from this region continue to flock to Yemen, a country yet poor and war-torn. These people have hopes of reaching wealthier Gulf countries, according to IOM.