A police officer says Puntland security forces have detained hundreds of Ethiopian migrants heading to Yemen in the coastal city of Bosaso on Saturday.
Col Abdihakin Hussein, the police boss of Bar region, told reporters that the army netted 200 of people, including Somalis who were trying to depart from Bosaso coast.
Hussein said the arrested migrants have determined to risk their lives to try and enter Yemen on unseaworthy boats in search for a better life in Saudi Arabia.
The illegal Ethiopian migrants, along with the Somalis who have been arrested by Puntland state police are being questioned at Bosaso detention police station.
The war-torn Yemen is mainly used as a transit country, with African migrants often aiming to move on to neighbouring oil-rich Gulf nations to find work.