UN Calls for Probe into Killing of Ethiopian Migrants in Yemen


SANA’A (Somaliguardian) – The United Nations has called for an independent investigation into a fatal fire at a detention facility in Yemen’s capital Sana’a in which dozens of Ethiopian migrants were killed and more than 170 injured.

Ethiopia said on Tuesday that it was working to repatriate citizens wounded in the attack. Efforts to identify those killed in the detention center were also underway, according to the Ethiopian government.

Human Rights Watch reported on Tuesday that the fire on 7 March occurred after Houthi rebels fired missiles into the detention facility where the migrants were protesting over their cramped conditions.

UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths described the deaths as “extraordinarily horrific”, adding it was part of a dramatic deterioration across the Arab country where Saudi-led coalition backed government and Houthi rebels are vying for control of several major cities.

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