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'Horrific' attack on boat killing Somali refugees off Yemen blamed on coalition

A "horrific" attack on a boat that killed at least 42 Somali refugees is being blamed by Somalia's government on the Saudi-led coalition.

The boat, packed with dozens of refugees, was more than 30 miles off war-torn Yemen's coast when it came under attack

A Yemeni trafficker who survived said the refugees had been trying to reach Sudan.

Friday's assault by a military vessel and a helicopter gunship was described by Somalia as "horrific."

Somalia's foreign ministry urged the US-supported coalition to investigate, saying: "It Is very sad, targeting a boat carrying Somali migrants."

Yemen's Shiite rebels have also blamed the Saudi-led coalition.

The attack highlighted the perils of a heavily used migration route running from the Horn of Africa to the oil-rich Gulf, right through Yemen's civil war.


From Belfast Telegraph