One hundred and ninety seven illegal immigrants drowned in the Red Sea on Tuesday August 9 according to a report published on Sunday, August 14.
A ship was on fire [by accident, or by coast guard attack?], and only 3 people were rescued, though the search was continuing.
The immigrants were traveling to Saudi Arabia on a Cuban registered ship owned by Yemenese businessmen. Passengers were from Chad, Somalia Nigeria and Eritrea.
The ship was still in Sudanese waters when the incident occurred, and authorities believe the planning and loading the ship took place in the Tokar region. Another ship, also in the Tokar region, with 247 migrants was unable to cross the Red Sea because of the action of Sudanese authorities.
There is no operating port in the Tokar region.