Fishermen say they recovered 25 bodies after the boat capsized.
The bodies of 25 migrants were evacuated off the coast of Yemen after their boat capsized, carrying up to 200 people, a state official told AFP.
“The ship capsized two days ago and was carrying between 160 and 200 people,” said al-Khalil Ahmed Ali, a Lahij provincial official, citing information provided by smugglers in Yemen.
The fate of the other people on the plane was unclear.
Fishermen in southern Yemen have told AFP they have recovered 25 bodies of victims who appear to be of African descent. Some of them are trying to reach Yemen before crossing the border.
The fishermen said the bodies were floating in the waters of Ras al-Ara district in southern Lahij province, looking at the Bab al-Mandeb Strait off the coast of Bab Ibuti.
“We saw bodies floating in the water 10 kilometers off the coast of Ras al-Ara,” said one fisherman.
The International Organization for Migration confirmed to AFP that a ship had sunk in the area, but said it was still trying to find out the details of the incident.
Despite the conflict in Yemen, migrants continue to travel there, hoping to relocate to neighboring Saudi Arabia, hoping to find work in other oil-rich countries whose economies depend on millions of foreign workers.
Migrants often find themselves in a desperate situation in Yemen, which is in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world after six years of conflict.
Dozens of migrants have been killed in recent months in the Bab al-Mandeb Strait, which separates Bab ibut from Yemen, a major route for international trade as well as human trafficking.