Many Killed in Migrant Detention Centre in Sanaa, Yemen
At least eight people are confirmed dead after a migrant detention centre in Sanaa, Yemen caught fire yesterday, with the U.N. fearing that at least 30 people have been killed in the incident.
It remains unclear what caused the fire, but the facility is understood to hold mainly Ethiopian migrants trying to cross into Saudi Arabia for work.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) confirmed that migrants and guards died in Sunday's fire.
This is just one of the many dangers that migrants have faced during the past six years of the crisis in Yemen.
Houthi officials in Sanaa blamed the IOM for the incident and said they were responsible for the fire.
The militant group, which controls the Yemeni capital, said the IOM had failed to house the migrants and not helped to deport them.
Thousands of people cross from East Africa to Yemen by sea, in the hope of reaching Saudi Arabia through its land border with Yemen.
But because of the coronavirus pandemic, the border has been closed, leaving thousands stranded in Yemen.
Last week, the IOM said that smugglers had thrown scores of people into the sea en route to Yemen.
The UN agency told that smugglers had thrown at least 80 people, including many children, off the boat after it became overloaded.