More than 30 refugees killed in helicopter attack on boat in Yemen

At least 31 people have been killed in attack on a boat carrying Somali migrants off Yemen's Red Sea coast a UN agency says

At least 31 people have been killed in attack on a boat carrying Somali migrants off Yemen's Red Sea coast a UN agency says

More than 40 Somali refugees have been killed off the coast of Yemen when a helicopter attacked the boat they were travelling in, an official says.

A sailor who had been operating the boat, Ibrahim Ali Zeyad, said 80 refugees had been rescued after the incident.

Seven fishermen were also killed off Hodeida by gunfire from an unidentified source, while a further seven were killed in a auto near Mokha, hospital workers said.

Eric Christopher Wyss, of the International Committee of the Red Cross, described the scene at the port as "gruesome and heartbreaking".

The refugees were hit by light weapons fire in waters off rebel-held Hodeidah but managed to dock in the city's port, an official there said.

A Yemeni rebel missile was intercepted over the Kingdom late Friday, the Saudi-led Arab coalition said, as the death toll from a Houthi attack on a Yemeni army camp rose to 32.

He said Yemen's government also must give an explanation for the attack and that those responsible must be brought to justice.

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Yemen's Shia rebels accused the Saudi-led air coalition of carrying out the attack.

The trafficker, Al-Hassan Ghaleb Mohammed, said the boat left from Ras Arra, along the southern coastline in Yemen's Hodeida province, and was near the Bab al-Mandab strait when the attack occurred. The Trump administration has ramped up the offensive begun by Barack Obama which has already killed hundreds of people, including women and children.

The civil war began after the Houthi militants with support from forces loyal to the former president ousted the UN-backed transitional government and occupied capital Sanaa militarily in September 2014. "There has been no firing by the coalition in this zone", he said.

The organization said the refugees, who were from Somalia, were probably heading towards Sudan.

Numerous wounded lost arms and legs in the strike, the Yemeni medical official told AP on condition of anonymity. 32 people, including 10 civilians, have been killed.

Civil wars stoked by the United States government and its European allies combined with historic drought conditions are pushing millions across the Africa continent to flee their homes.

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