(Xinhua) -- Somalia’s Ministry of
Foreign Affairs said late Saturday on its twitter account that
it has called on its partners in the Saudi-led coalition to
investigate the raid off Yemen coast.
At least 33
Somali refugees were killed and 29 others wounded when a total
of 150 refugees traveling in a boat off the Yemeni coast came
under an air attack, the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) office in Sanaa said on Friday.
The ministry said it is very sad, targeting a boat carrying
Somali migrants near the coast of Hodeidah in Yemen. "Our deep
condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in the
horrific attack in the Red sea."
The ministry added that Allah’s mercy upon those who lost
their lives, speedy recovery to the wounded.
Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reported that the Somali
refugees came under an air attack late night of Thursday,
blaming a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia which is having
tight control of the Red Sea and the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb off
the western Yemeni coasts.
There was no comment by the coalition forces yet.
Death toll rises to 42 in
helicopter strike off Yemen coast
SANAA Yemen (Xinhua) --
A helicopter strike off Yemen’s Hodeida coast on
Thursday night has killed up to 42 Somali refugees, the United
Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Saturday.
"Latest Hodeida boat incident update: 42 now reported dead
and 39 injured survivors receiving treatment in Hodeida
hospitals," UNHCR said in its twitter account.
On Friday, the International Committee of the Red Cross put
the death toll at 33, and said 29 were injured and dozens others
According to Yemen’s Houthi-controlled Saba news agency, the
Somali refugees came under an air attack late Thursday night,
blaming a Saudi-led military coalition which is keeping tight
control of the Red Sea and the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb off the
western Yemeni coasts.
Yemeni officials said the refugees, carrying UNHCR documents,
were in a boat travelling from Hodeida to Sudan.
Sheba al-Muallimy, a spokesman of the International
Immigration Organization office in Sanaa, told Xinhua that the
organization has no hand in coordinating the Somali refugees’
journey on Thursday night.
The organization didn’t know that the Somali refugees were
travelling to Sudan to escape the conflict in Yemen, until very
The Houthis have been controlling northern Yemen, including
Hodeida, after they ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in
In March 2015, an Arab coalition army led by Saudi Arabia
intervened in Yemen’s conflict to support Hadi’s troops against
Houthi fighters to restore power to Hadi.
The coalition forces have been imposing tight control over
the Red Sea and strategic strait of Bab al-Mandab which links
the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.
The war has so far killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, half of
them civilians, and displaced over two million others, according
to humanitarian agencies.
33 Somali immigrants dead in helicopter attack off Yemen