Red Sea volcano death toll rises [Archives:2007/1091/Front Page]

October 4 2007

By: Almigdad Dahesh Mojali
SANA'A, October 1 ) Six soldiers have been confirmed dead since an eruption of a volcano occurred on September 30 on a tiny island in the Red Sea, authorities have said. Fifteen soldiers were also injured and are now treated in a military hospital in Al-Hudeida province. Tow soldiers are still missing and presumed dead.

A team from the coast guards authorities in Aden governorate went to the Jabal Al-Tair Island, 140 kilometers off Yemeni coast, to participate in searching and rescuing soldiers in the island. A Canadian warship, HMCS Toronto, has also helped Yemeni rescue teams.

Ken Allen, Canadian navy spokesman, said the island was “aglow with lava and magma as it pours down into the sea””.

“”The lava is spewing hundreds of feet into the air