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11 Somalis die after smugglers’ boat capsized

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – The United Nations says that at least 11 people drowned and another 34 are missing after a boat crewed by human traffickers overturned this week in the Gulf of Aden.

Friday’s press release from the U.N. refugee agency says that survivors said they set sail for explained Yemen last Saturday but their boat, carrying 58 passengers, broke down.

Survivors say that the smugglers forced 22 people overboard after the engine failed.

The rest of the passengers were adrift for five days before the boat capsized on Wednesday in rough seas and bad weather.

Thirteen survivors washed up in the northern region of Puntland and 11 bodies have been recovered so far. Many survivors are suffering from skin burns caused by fuel in the boat.

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