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HUNDREDS of people are missing and feared dead after boats carrying about 400 African migrants capsized on Saturday near Yemen, a UN official said. At least a dozen bodies have washed ashore in Yemen, said Laila Nassif, who heads the United Nations High Commission for Refugees office in the coastal city of Aden.

Nassif said two boats capsized in the Red Sea. Only 30 people have been rescued so far, and rescue efforts were complicated by bad weather in the area, Nassif said. The UN refugee agency last year reported more than 43,500 migrants - mostly Somalis - arrived illegally by boat to Yemen.


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