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World Briefing / YEMEN

Somalis on boat rescued; 52 dead

September 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Somali refugees abandoned by smugglers in the Gulf of Aden drifted for 18 days, and at least 52 died before help arrived off the Yemeni coast, the United Nations said. Seventy-one people survived.

The Yemen-bound boat broke down within hours of leaving Somalia on Sept. 3, the U.N. refugee agency said. The crew abandoned the boat for another craft and never returned for the refugees, who threw bodies overboard as fellow passengers died, the agency said.

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