More people from Horn of Africa cross Gulf of Aden to Yemen

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Exhausted new arrivals recover on a beach after crossing the ocean to southern Yemen. SHS/A.S.Hussein

The flow of refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen has exceeded previous records.

That's according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) which says that in the first seven months of this year more than 60,000 people have made the dangerous journey.

The agency says this is a 30 per cent increase in the number of people who made the journey during the same period last year.

Melissa Fleming is UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva.

"In the Horn of Africa across the Gulf of Aden we have record numbers so far this year of people crossing the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea and arriving in Yemen. It continues to exceed previous records. This is the highest total since we started collecting data in 2006. What's very interesting about this change is the composition of the population. More and more Ethiopians are making the crossing using the service of smugglers who are operating along the shores of Somalia and Djibouti."

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