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Ethiopian, Somali migrants deliberately drowned by smugglers off Yemen

A human smuggler, in charge of the boat, forced more than 160 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into the pitching sea as they approached the coast of Shabwa, a Yemeni Governorate along the Arabian Sea, IOM Said.

In a statement released on Wednesday, IOM indicated that the migrants had been hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen.

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Shortly after the tragedy, staff from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, found the shallow graves of 29 migrants on a beach in Shabwa, during a routine patrol. The dead had been buried rapidly by those who survived the smuggler’s deadly actions.

IOM’s medical staff also provided urgent care to the 27 surviving migrants, both females and males, who had remained on the beach. IOM provided initial health checks and assistance, including food, water and other emergency relief. Some of the survivors had already left the beach before being assisted. (IOM)

Turkish cable manufacturer eyes African market

A leader in the manufacturing of multiple-use, high-voltage cables, Turkish company BMET says it is well positioned to surmount challenges and dominate the African markets.

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Established in 2013, BMET’s manufacturing plant is located in a spacious compound near the town of Sebeta, 25 kilometers (about 15 miles) west of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

“We are the biggest in Ethiopia and in Africa producing communications cables such as fiber optics and data cables as well as energy cables that are high voltage, insulated and ready-to-use,” BMET’s deputy general manager Fatih Tazecioglu tells Anadolu Agency.

“The total investment we made until now is roughly $150 million,” he says about the two-tier production line that integrated – in a closed area of 75,000 square meters – the casting of aluminum and copper in addition to a carpentry shop.

Now, BMET’s customers in Ethiopia include Ethio Telecom and the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation as well as markets in Kenya, Djibouti, Sudan and Somaliland. (Anadolu)

South Sudan plans road, oil pipeline projects near Ethiopia border

South Sudan plans to construct road projects, oil pipeline and oil refinery after government forces captured the rebel stronghold of Pagak near Ethiopia border, according to Xinhua.

Speaking to Xinhua on Wednesday, South Sudan’s Ambassador to Ethiopia James Morgan said despite Ethiopia and South Sudan signing an economic Memorandum of Understanding early this year, the lack of control by South Sudan government forces bordering Ethiopia had hindered implementation of the agreement.

Although South Sudan gained independence in July 2011 from Sudan, less than three years later, it plunged into a civil war pitting forces broadly loyal to President Salva Kiir against those of his Ex-Deputy Riek Machar

South Sudan plans to build a road project and oil pipeline from the oil fields to Ethiopian border through the Pagak crossing ensuring Ethio-South Sudan economic ties blossom, he said.

With road links interrupted by fighting in South Sudan, Ethiopian Airlines’ twice weekly flights to South Sudan capital Juba is the main remaining infrastructure link between the two nations. (Xinhua)

IGAD Chairperson urges concerned parties to respect will of Kenyans

Ethiopian Prime Minister and IGAD Chairperson, Hailemariam Desalegn, on Thursday has called on all Kenyan political parties and candidates to respect the will of the people.

According to a statement issued by IGAD, PM Hailemariam also urged the concerned parties to refrain from any act that might be of a disruptive nature to the peace and stability of the country.

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“IGAD has been closely following the elections that took place on 8th August 2017 and appreciates the way they have been conducted so far in a peaceful, orderly and transparent manner. The people of Kenya casted their vote to elect their leaders democratically,” he said.

“IGAD would like to urge the concerned parties to stay calm until the whole process is completed to ensure a successful conclusion of the democratic exercise,” he added.

Provisional results from Kenya’s presidential election indicated that Uhuru Kenyatta was set to win the election held last Tuesday.

However, the opposition coalition has rejected the partial results. (FBC) 

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