Yemen boat attaack death toll rises to 42

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Death toll rose to 42 in an airstrike on a migrant boat in the Red Sea off Yemen, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Saturday.

The boat was packed with Somali migrants, including women and children, heading to Sudan.

 

IOM said it provided medical, food and financial assistance for the 39 migrants who were rescued in the attack.

“The attack took place in the Red Sea off Yemen, late Thursday,” IOM spokesman Joel Millman told a news conference in Geneva on Friday.

The statement said that Yemen hosts 270,000 migrants including 255,000 Somalis.

No one has yet claimed the attack.

Somalia blames Saudi led coalition

 Somalia’s government on Saturday blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Friday’s attack on a boat that killed at least 42 Somali refugees off the coast of war-torn Yemen, calling the assault by a military vessel and a helicopter gunship “horrific.”

Somalia urged the United States-supported coalition to investigate. The boat was packed with dozens of refugees, some of them women and children.

 

“What happened there was a horrific and terrible problem inflicted on innocent Somali people. The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen is responsible for it,” Somalia’s foreign minister, Abdisalam Omer, said on state-run radio. He said Yemen’s government also must give an explanation for the attack and that those responsible must be brought to justice.

 

Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a separate statement called the attack “atrocious” and “appalling.”

 

Yemen’s Shiite rebels also have blamed the Saudi-led coalition. There has been no coalition comment

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The author is a senior freelance journalist based Somali capital Mogadishu