28 bodies found after migrant boats capsized near Djibouti

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The U.N. migration agency says 28 bodies have been found after some 130 migrants went missing off Djibouti when two boats capsized.

A statement says the coast guard in the tiny East African nation continues a search and rescue operation after Tuesday’s accident. Witnesses said large waves caused the overloaded boats to tip over about a half-hour after departing.

The migration agency has said its team found an 18-year-old survivor who reportedly boarded a boat with another 130 people, including 16 women. There were no immediate details on the second boat.

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Thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa region set off every year from Djibouti to cross the Bab al-Mandab Strait for the Arabian Peninsula with hopes of finding work in rich Gulf countries.

Most of them are Ethiopian.

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