on Wednesday 8 March, 2023

At least 14 women and children died in shipwreck off Yemen’s Red Sea coast

Yemeni local coast guards walk after being deployed at Hodeida port in Hodeida, Yemen. (File photo: Reuters)
by : The Associated Press

At least 14 women and children died in a shipwreck off Yemen’s Red Sea coast earlier this week, authorities said Wednesday.

The boat, with over two dozen of people on board, capsized off the province of Hodeida, according to a statement by the Fisheries Authority in Hodeida, run by the country’s Iran-backed Houthi militia.

The tragedy happened late on Monday, the statement said. Eleven women and three children drowned while 11 people, including a child, survived. The group was heading to a relative’s wedding party on Kamaran Island when their boat capsized because of high winds and waves.

Authorities dispatched coast guard vessels to search for the bodies in a channel between Kamaran and the province’s district of Luhiya, the statement added.

It was the latest maritime tragedy off Yemen’s shores. Most previous shipwrecks in the region involved African migrants fleeing wars and poverty in their home countries.

Yemen descended into civil war in 2014, when the Houthis descended from their northern stronghold and seized the capital, Sanaa, along with much of the country’s north.

The conflict has spawned one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises and pushed impoverished Yemen to the brink of famine.