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Unknown attackers kill United Nations refugees off Yemen

Unknown attackers kill United Nations refugees off Yemen

Thirty-one Somali refugees have been killed off the coast of Yemen when a helicopter attacked the boat they were travelling in, a local coast guard in the Houthi-controlled Hodeidah area says.

The SABA news agency in Yemen, run by the country's Shiite rebels, said the attack was an airstrike that took place off the coast of Hodeida province, close to the Bab al-Mandab strait.

Ibrahim Ali Zeyad, a sailor who operated the boat, said 80 refugees were rescued after the incident, Middle East Eye reports.

"In response to a massive uprising demanding democracy and self-determination in Yemen, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has unleashed a horrific bombing campaign", Caleb Maupin, an American journalist and activist who brought supplies to Yemen after the Hodeida bombing, said in 2015 when the military campaign began.

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.

Crowds stand near a bodies of dead Somali refugees in Yemen.

The Saudi war on Yemen has killed thousands of civilians, and unleashed a humanitarian crisis in the improvised Middle Eastern country.

He described a scene of panic in which the refugees held up flashlights, apparently to show that they were poor migrants. The helicopter then stopped firing, he said, but only after dozens had been killed.

He said Hodeidah remained under the control of the Houthis and the port continued to be used for "trafficking people, smuggling weapons and attacks against the line of communications in the Red Sea".

Shabia Mantoo, the Yemen spokeswoman for refugee agency UNHCR, said refugees and asylum seekers were moving out of Yemen and heading north because of deteriorating conditions.

Al-Hassan Ghaleb Mohammed told the Associated Press news agency the refugees were trying to reach Sudan after leaving Ras Arra. Despite a war that has cost more than 7,000 lives since March 2015 and brought the country to the brink of starvation, Yemen continues to attract people fleeing the horn of Africa.

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