15 migrants’ bodies found near ripped inflatable boat in Libya

Updated 31 August 2014
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15 migrants’ bodies found near ripped inflatable boat in Libya

TRIPOLI: Libyan coast guards on Sunday found 15 bodies of sub-Saharan African migrants floating in the sea near a ripped inflatable boat, east of the capital.
Last week in the same area, rescuers recovered the bodies of around 170 people after the shipwreck of another vessel carrying illegal immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa.
“During a routine patrol we found 15 floating bodies of African migrants 15 km offshore,” coast guard Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP. “These bodies, including two women and two children, were floating near a ripped inflatable craft,” he said.
Other bodies may have sunk in the sea at the location off Al-Qarabole, 60 km east of Tripoli, he said.
The grisly new discovery came as Tunisian coast guards continued on Sunday to look for bodies of migrants thought to be Syrians, after finding 42 shipwreck victims since Friday.
Local officials at Ben Guerdane in southeast Tunisia believe the bodies were from a sinking off the coast of Libya. They were “probably” some of the people who went missing earlier this week when a boat capsized after leaving the Libyan port of Zwara, heading for Italy, an official said.
Mired in unrest and political chaos, Libya has been a launchpad for illegal migrants trying to reach Europe and who turn to people smugglers to cross the Mediterranean.


Yemeni army arrests local elements cooperating with Houthis in Hodeidah

Updated 22 July 2018
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Yemeni army arrests local elements cooperating with Houthis in Hodeidah

  • The report stated that the Houthi attacks damaged more than 100 houses, eight farms, five mosques and four government facilities
  • Military sources said “army forces supported by the Arab coalition foiled a militia infiltration attempt and attack in the hopes of recovering positions in the region that it had lost”

DUBAI: The Yemeni army foiled a Houthi offensive into positions south of Yemen’s Hodeidah province on Sunday, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
Military sources said “army forces supported by the Arab coalition foiled a militia infiltration attempt and attack in the hopes of recovering positions in the region that it had lost.”
The army also arrested local elements working for the militia within the same province.
A military source told the Yemeni Defense Ministry’s official website, September Net, that those arrested were relaying army position coordinates to the Houthi militia.
Elsewhere, a report published by local activists revealed that more than 40 civilians were killed by Houthi bombardments in Hays province south of Hodeidah.
According to the report, among those killed were 14 children, and among the more than 100 wounded, were 40 also children.
The report also stated that the Houthi attacks damaged more than 100 houses, eight farms, five mosques and four government facilities.
Elsewhere Yemen’s army made further advances in the Hiran district of Hajjah province, north-west of Hodeidah on Sunday.
A statement released by Yemen’s army stated that the forces regained several new positions while continuing its advancement.
According to the statement, dozens of militia were killed and 10 were captured east of the village of Jemaa in the valley of Hiran.