At least 31 Somali refugees killed in an attack off Yemen’s Coast

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By NepJournal March 17, 2017 17:43

At least 31 Somali refugees killed in an attack off Yemen’s Coast

Yemeni fishermen carry the body of a Somali refugee, killed in attack by a helicopter while travelling in a vessel off Yemen, are pictured at the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad

Over 31 Somali refugees were killed on Friday off the coast of Yemen after a boat they were travelling in was attacked by helicopter, according to a local coastguard officer in the Houthi-controlled Hodeidah area says.

Mohamed al-Alay told Reuter’s news agency that the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked late on Thursday by an Apache helicopter near the Bab al-Mandeb Strait.

A sailor who had been operating the boat, Ibrahim Ali Zeyad, said 80 refugees were rescued after the incident.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack.

Hodeidah, on the Red Sea, is controlled by Iran-allied Houthi fighters who in 2014 overran Yemen’s capital Sanaa and forced the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee into exile.

An Arab coalition was assembled by Saudi Arabia in 2015 to fight the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh who have fired missiles into neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

The Bab al-Mandeb is a strategic waterway at the foot of the Red Sea through which nearly four million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the US and Asia.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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