Govt Denies Yemen Coast Drownings

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Foreign Ministry spokesperson denies reports of drowning, saying reports are baseless propaganda.

Ethiopian authorities have denied media reports about the drowning of around 70 Ethiopian migrants off Yemen’s coast.

“Media reports that 70 people died, mostly Ethiopians, while being ferried to Yemen is baseless,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Dina Mufti told The Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

Media reports earlier said that around 70 Ethiopian migrants had drowned off southwest Yemen’s coast earlier this month.

Mufti said that the Ethiopian embassy in Yemen mustered support from the Yemeni 17th Brigade and “conducted extensive search on a perimeter of 250- 300-km at coastal areas such as Bab-el Mendab, Dubab and Muha”.

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“[It] proved that no boat capsized or sunk and no life lost,” he said.

The spokesman said that “The falsified reports may be part of the usual propaganda targeted at Ethiopia.”

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