Saudis Attack Boat, Kill 42 Somali Refugees Off Yemen Coast

UN: Dead Included Refugees With UNHCR Documents

Saudi Arabia’s invasion of Yemen has not only produced a humanitarian calamity in that country, but appears to be extending to people who are even adjacent to Yemen, as a Saudi military helicopter attacked a boat full of Somali refugees aiming to reach the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, killing at least 42 of them.

Hodeidah is a Red Sea port that has been the primary point of entry for humanitarian aid into Shi’ite northern Yemen, and subsequently has been regularly attacked by Saudi Arabia itself, with regular airstrikes badly damaging port infrastructure.

Somali refugees have long flocked to Yemen, just a relatively short boat ride away, though the Saudi invasion has obviously made that trip both riskier, and lower-reward, since Yemen itself is facing major humanitarian shortages because of the Saudi blockade.

The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the slain refugees, whose bodies arrived in Hodeidah along with some survivors, included people who had official identifying documents from the UNHCR confirming their refugee status.

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  • Dracaveli

    The first reports I read about this stated it was an apache helicopter..but the article went out of its way to not assign blame to any coalition member..it did however continue to state houthis as Iranian backed. I have lost all respect for western mainstream media right or left.

  • survivor

    Where is big mouth Samantha Powers? Where are all the bleeding heart authoritarian liberals on the corporate/deep state media outlets pointing all this out? They constantly lambaste (falsely) Russia for what they allegedly have done but say absolutely nothing about this war criminal human rights abusing regime Saudi Arabia. Where are all the Democrat Congressman/woman on this? Of course they are silent for they are probably on their payroll.

    • Tecumseh1768

      They think that since most Americans cannot see our hyposcracy regarding the Saudis, the rest of the world cannot see it either.

  • Unwelcome Guest

    As the UN has pointed out, movement of population from a war zone is a war crime. Since this is a crime for the Red Cross, it is obviously a crime for the UN, and of course for the refugees. The Saudis were thus preventing a war crime by their act.
    Of course you may prefer to ignore the drivel put out by the UN and the other do-gooders.