The United Nations Migration Agency said that a fire broke out in a shelter for migrants in the Yemeni capital (Sanaa), killing at least 8 people, including guards, and wounding more than 170 others on Sunday.
Carmela Godot, Migration Agency’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said on Twitter that the total number of people killed in the fire could be higher, and the cause of the fire is still unknown.
Godou said the agency was providing emergency health care to the wounded – 90 of them seriously – and was distributing food to the affected.
The agency estimates that thousands of migrants are stranded in Yemen following restrictions on movement Due to the Coronavirus pandemic across the Gulf region and the Horn of Africa.
In addition to refugees, about 100,000 migrants arrive in Yemen every year by sea from the Horn of Africa, hoping to travel north to Saudi Arabia and beyond.