As of mid-November, nearly 90,000 Ethiopians and more than 17,000 Somalis crossed the Gulf of Aden since January 1, according to the UN’s refugee agency.

Some are hoping to ultimately reach the oil-rich Gulf states and find work, while others are pursuing an indirect route to Europe, UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told reporters in Geneva.

Many “may be deceived or ill-informed about the severity of the conflict in Yemen”, he added.

UNHCR said it had reports that upon arriving in Yemen refugees have faced physical and sexual abuse as well as torture and forced labour.

Full story at Aljazeera.