Somali refugees fleeing Yemen war killed in Red Sea air strike

Yemenis walk in the old city of the capital Sanaa

Women and children are among at least 42 Somali refugees who died after their boat was sacked at from a helicopter in Yemen, the International Organisation for Migration says.

According to a United Nations agency, at least 80 others people on board the boat were injured in the attack.

A Yemeni medical official in Hodeida said only 14 bodies had arrived so far, adding that women were among the dead.

Some survivors said they believed they. They finally managed to hold up flashlights and show the helicopter they were poor migrants.

Laurent De Boeck, head of the International Organisation for Migration in the rebel-held Yemeni capital, Sanaa, told the Associated Press 77 survivors were taken to a detention centre in Hodeida. Children were reported to be among the dead.

Abdiker said Friday the attack at around 3 a.m. was "totally unacceptable" and that responsible combatants should have checked who was aboard the boat "before firing on it".




UNHCR officials said the people in the boat may have been heading towards Sudan or other countries to the north to escape deteriorating conditions in Yemen. SABA didn't say who carried out the strike.

Most of Marib is under the control of forces loyal to President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi.

The coalition has always been accused of civilian casualties, a claim which it has adamantly denied.

It is not known how many people were killed or injured in Thursday's incident. The coalition is the only party to the conflict with naval and air forces, and rights groups have documented hundreds of airstrikes in which civilians have been killed.

"The US should not continue to arm governments that violate global 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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