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Over 90 Ethiopians entered Yemen illegally arrested

Over 90 Ethiopians entered Yemen illegally arrested

[12/September/2009]



SANA'A, Sep. 12 (Saba) - Security Authorities in Thubab coast of Taiz governorate have arrested about 94 Ethiopians entered the country illegally, the Interior Ministry has reported.

The Ministry said that the Ethiopians, including 38 women, have been all sent to the competent authorities to take the required legal procedures against them.

In a related context, the security authorities said that 100 Ethiopian citizens have arrived to Thubab coat of Taiz in the first week of September.

The authorities voiced high concerns of the incessant flow of the Ethiopians to the Yemeni coasts.

On the other hand, about 138 Somali refugees have arrived in Taiz coasts. The refugees included 47 women and three children.

The necessary procedures have been taken to send them to the main camp of Kharaz in Lahj governorate.

Deteriorating the security situation in Somalia makes thousands of Somalis are ready to risk their lives on a perilous journey via Gulf of Aden to be smuggled into Yemen.

Yemen is considered to be a gateway for Somalis to the Middle East. It recognizes all Somalis as refugees on a "prima facie basis," meaning they are automatically granted the right to stay. But many of those who cross the Gulf of Aden move on to Yemen's neighbours Saudi Arabia and Oman in pursuit of jobs.

The escalating numbers of refugees place increasing strain on Yemen's limited resources and pose more challenges to the government's efforts to balance its obligations under international law with the need to protect the country from illegal entry.

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