African immigrants killed in airstrike off Yemen western coast

Tracy FergusonMar 18, 2017

It is believed that the boat was headed towards Sudan, and the UN Refugee agency has said that the dead Somalis were carrying official UNHCR documents.

Coastguard authorities in the Houthi rebel stronghold of Hodeidah said a helicopter gunship attacked the vessel they were travelling on in the Red Sea.

Middle East Eye reported: "Photos from the scene showed bodies of men, women, and children laid out on the ground at a small harbor, covered in pieces of colored fabric".

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It was not clear who carried out the attack. Said the executive coordinator Alliance Yemeni antiseptic البذيجي in symposium held to launch this report, the Alliance Yemeni register also killed 322 civilians raids air wrong in air Arab coalition, incidence 7270 injured during the year 2016 and 5579 are claimed responsibility on the militia Houthi - valid, distributed rest on the rest of the parties. It did not say who was behind the airstrike. There was no immediate coalition comment. The boats were first detected after one was used in an attack January 30th on a Saudi frigate in the Red Sea. The helicopter then stopped firing, he said, but only after dozens had been killed.

Armed by the United States and UK, the coalition is allied with Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled to Saudi Arabia when the Houthis took power.

The war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 civilians and pushed the Arab world's poorest nation to the brink of starvation. Mohammed was unharmed in the attack.

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Yemen officials confirmed there had been an incident, with an official saying the bodies of 33 refugees had been taken to hospital in the port city of Hodeida.

Despite violence that has left more than 10,000 people dead and 17 million facing starvation, African migrants seeking work in Saudi Arabia have continued using Yemen as a transit point.

Yemen has been suffering from a civil war and a Saudi-led military intervention for around two years. Another 25 wounded people, including some who had lost arms and legs, were brought to the hospital, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.

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