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Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen's coast

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Howard Terry | 18 March, 2017, 00:58

A United Nations agency says at least 31 people have been killed in attack on a boat carrying Somali migrants off Yemen's Red Sea coast.

The spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) told a media briefing in Geneva the number of deaths may be more than 31.

The officials said it is not known who launched the projectile and that dozens of those who were hurt have been transferred to the Al Hudaydah port in the Red Sea, Efe news reported.

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

Al-Hassan Ghaleb Mohammed told the Associated Press news agency the refugees were trying to reach Sudan after leaving Ras Arra.

On January 25, the Yemeni forces shot down another Apache helicopter belonging to the so-called Saudi-led coalition in Dhubab neighborhood of Yemen's Ta'izz province.

He said that panic erupted among the refugees when the helicopter opened fire. It did not say who was behind the strike.

He went on to call the attack "totally unacceptable", adding that those responsible should have checked who was aboard the boat "before firing on it." . Hudaydah is controlled by Iran-allied Houthi fighters who in 2014 overran Yemen's capital, Sana'a, and forced the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee into exile. Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition in the war in Yemen, has USA -built Apache A-64 Longbow attack helicopters. Seven fishermen were also killed off Hodeida by gunfire from an unidentified source, while a further seven were killed in a vehicle near Mokha, hospital workers said.

Yemen's civil war, which is about to enter its third year of bloodshed, has allowed terrorist groups including Isis and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to seize territory and carry out attacks.

"The US should not continue to arm governments that violate worldwide human rights and humanitarian law and simultaneously shut its doors to those fleeing the violence it helps to escalate", Margaret added.

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