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Wednesday
Jul062011

Nearly 200 Feared Dead after Boat Burns off Sudanese Coast

U.S. State Department(KHARTOUM, Sudan) -- Nearly 200 migrants are said to have drowned off the coast of Sudan Tuesday, after a boat they were on caught fire, according to the Sudanese Media Center. 

The news agency reports that, so far, only three people have been rescued.

The boat departed from Red Sea State and was on its way to Saudi Arabia, traveling for four hours before going up in flames.  The cause of the fire is not yet known.

According to the news agency, the reported owners of the boat -- four Yemenis -- have been arrested.

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