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An MSF team assisting refugees and migrants who cross the Gulf of Aden encountered 56 bodies near Arqa on the Yemeni shore on December 15, 2007. When the MSF team arrived in the morning, they first found a group of 49 survivors on the shore, 10 of them women. Further ahead were dozens of bodies washed up on a five-kilometer stretch of coast. The team counted 56 deceased people, more than half of them women. Also among them were five children. The survivors told the MSF team that the boat on which they were traveling capsized and that many passengers were trapped.