At least 20 die as migrants thrown into sea off Djibouti

The UN says at least 20 African migrants died after smugglers threw them overboard off the coast of Djibouti.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said at least 80 people were thrown off the vessel after the traffickers realized it was overloaded.

Their boat had been carrying about 200 migrants, including women and children according to IOM.

The migrants were on their way to Yemen, hoping to get to Saudi Arabia to look for work.

The head of IOM, António Vitorino, tweeted about the news.

Drownings are common off Djibouti as migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia try to escape war and poverty at home to find work in the Gulf.



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