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#Somalia : Dozens of migrants die in #Somaliland Administration

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Jan 9th, 2016
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African migrants who were reportedly smuggled by sea into Yemen, sit on the back of a vehicle after they were detained by Yemeni fighters loyal to Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, on the outskirts of the city of Aden, on December 14, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saleh al-Obeidi)

African migrants who were reportedly smuggled by sea into Yemen, sit on the back of a vehicle after they were detained by Yemeni fighters loyal to Yemen’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, on the outskirts of the city of Aden, on December 14, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saleh al-Obeidi)

Hargeisa, The second capital of Somalia and capital of Somaliland Administration ( DIPLOMAT.SO + Reuters) – According to news sources from Somaliland Administration in northwest Somalia reveal that about dozens of Somali and Ethiopian migrants died in Somali territorial waters near the village of Maydh, in the northern Sanaag province.

Somaliland region in northwest of the country, a self-declared independence and separation from the rest of the territory of Somalia , but Internationally not recognized as state/country and knows it as an autonomous region of Somalia.

Ahmed Abdi Falay, governor of Sanag province, said the boat, which had started its journey from the port of Bosaso two weeks ago and was heading to an unidentified port in the Arabian Peninsula.

“They climbed into the boat and were shocked to find the dead bodies of 10 people and 72 others who were in different stages of suffering, some of them in serious condition,” he said from the port city of Maydh on Friday.

“The Coast Guard of Somaliland administration brought the 72 survivors and the bodies of the dead people ashore. The wounded are being treated and the dead are being buried.”

Another 96 bodies, from the same vessel, were discovered ashore by locals on Friday having been washed in with the tide, Falay added.

Some three members of the crew of the stricken vessel were arrested as they tried to flee into nearby mountains and they will be questioned by authorities, the official said.

Migrants from the Horn of Africa states have for many years made the perilous sea crossing in search of better life abroad, forced out of their countries by conflict, repression and economic hardships.

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