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49 African Migrants Missing as Boat Sinks Off Yemen

A group of tired, cold and hungry refugees intercepted by the Phoenix rescue boat await rescue. ; On 24 November 2016, the Phoenix rescue vessel, belonging to Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) intercepted an inflatable vessel carrying 146 refugees and migrants who had travelled from West African countries to Libya, and attempted to cross the sea to Europe. Their boat was seriously overloaded and in danger of sinking, four hours into their dangerous sea voyage from the port of Sabratha, on Libya's northern coastline. In 2016, more than 5,000 people died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. That means 14 people every day lost their lives trying to find safety and a better life in Europe. MOAS has so far rescued over 12,000 people since it was established in 2013.

The Yemeni Coast Guard on Sunday rescued 26 migrants of African nationalities after their boat sank in international waters off the coast of Mocha to the west of Yemen. The state-run Saba News Agency reported that 26 African migrants were rescued out of a total of 75 people, including women, who were on a boat in international waters off the coast of Mocha. The agency indicated that 49 people are still missing, and the search for them is continuing. African migrants keep traveling to Yemen, using it as a stepping stone to Gulf countries, where they can find better job opportunities.

The demining Masam Project announced Sunday the clearance of 637 mines, unexploded ordnance, and explosive devices in several Yemeni provinces during the past week.In a statement released today, the project indicated that its demining teams removed two anti-personnel mines, 117 anti-tank mines, and 518 ordnance between November 4 and 10.The statement added 1,472 mines, unexploded ordnance, and explosive devices have been removed since the beginning of November. The project cleared 421,469 mines, unexploded ordnance, and explosive devices since its launch in June 2018. The warring sides in Yemen have planted thousands of landmines since the war in Yemen started in 2015.

A government report revealed on Saturday the displacement of 410 Yemeni families during the past month of October.The Executive Unit for Internally Displaced Persons Camp Management, a governmental body, stated in its monthly report that they monitored the displacement of 410 families, comprising 2,397 individuals who were displaced between October 1 and 31. According to the report of the government body, 329 families, constituting 2,010 individuals, were displaced for the first time, while 81 families, representing 387 individuals, experienced their second displacement during this period. The report indicated that most displaced families were from Al-Hudaydah, Marib, and Taiz. The Executive Unit recorded, from January 1 to October 31, 2023, the displacement of 6,460 families (35,575 individuals) from several provinces.

The director general of hospitals in Gaza warns the lives of hundreds of patients are at risk because of the catastrophic situation at al-Shifa Hospital. Palestinian Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila says Israeli forces “are not evacuating people from hospitals; instead they are forcibly evicting the wounded onto the streets, leaving them to face inevitable death”.Gaza City’s al-Shifa Hospital has been caught in Israel’s ground offensive and health officials say its cardiac ward has been destroyed. More than 11,100 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. In Israel, after a downward revision, the death toll now stands at more than 1,200.

On Sunday, Lieutenant General Mohsen Mohammed Al-Dhaeri, Minister of Defense, discussed areas of mutual cooperation and continuous support from the Joint Forces Command of the Arab Coalition. During his visit to the Joint Forces Command of the Arab Coalition in Riyadh,  he was received by the Chief of the Joint Forces, Lieutenant General Motlaq bin Salem, according to the state-run Saba News Agency. The agency said the purpose of the visit is to discuss the continuation of support from the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition Coalition to the Yemeni National Army to achieve security and stability for the Yemeni people. According to Saba News Agency, the Minister of Defense appreciated the unlimited support from Saudi Arabia and the leadership of the Joint Forces for the Yemeni armed forces on all fronts.

Source: Sheba Intelligence