Police in Ethiopia’s Afar regional state, located in eastern Ethiopia, has intercepted 28 Ethiopian migrants, an Ethiopian official said on Friday.
Saleh Seblale, Chief Police Inspector at Afar regional state, said the 28 Ethiopian nationals were intercepted on Thursday evening while trying to cross illegally to neighboring Djibouti, reported state media outlet Ethiopia News Agency.
Seblale said the 28 Ethiopian migrants were being transported in a minibus when they were intercepted, with the driver of the minibus currently under custody pending completion of criminal investigation into the case.
Seblale further said most of the 28 Ethiopian migrants who were intercepted were young people, among whom were four women migrants.
Every year thousands of Ethiopians looking for better economic opportunities are estimated to be trafficked through Djibouti and the Red Sea to reach the Arabian Peninsula.
In recent years, the Ethiopian government has taken out advertisement in local print and broadcast media outlets and warned its nationals on the dangers of illegal migration. Enditem