42 dead in air attack on refugee boat near Yemen

Russian humanitarian aid arrives in Yemen

Twenty two people were killed in an attack on a mosque during Friday prayers inside a military base in Yemen's Marib province, local officials said.

Yemen's al-Masirah television reported on Thursday that the boat which came under attack was carrying Somali refugees near Bab al-Mandeb Strait.

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

In a letter to US President Donald Trump, Amnesty International said the arms sales would only serve to further arm the Saudi-led coalition that has attacked thousands of civilians in Yemen in violation of international law.

Meanwhile, IOM spokesman Joel Millman said he was unable to confirm news reports that an Apache helicopter gunship was responsible for the attack.

Saudi spokesperson General Ahmed al-Asseri justified the attack by claiming the area, Hudaida, is "illegally" under the control of the rebels.

A Saudi-led coalition was formed in 2015 to fight the Houthis and troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh who have fired missiles into neighbouring Saudi Arabia. "There has been no firing by the coalition in this zone", he said.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International stated earlier this week that Washington's arming of the coalition could implicate the U.S. in war crimes and result in even more civilian deaths. The asylum-seekers were then able to hold up flashlights to show the aircraft that they were migrants. Mohammed was unharmed in the attack. "Our confirmation is that there are dozens of deaths and many dozens of survivors brought to hospitals", he told The Associated Press.

It is believed that the boat was headed towards Sudan, and the UN Refugee agency has said that the dead Somalis were carrying official UNHCR documents. Its report couldn't immediately be confirmed.

Some 85 Emirati soldiers have been killed since the beginning of Saudi Arabia's military campaign against Yemen two years ago.

Despite the crisis, Yemen continues to be an important transit point for African migrants.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Iron Fist characters you really should know about
She'd be an interesting character if any of her shifts in morality and loyalty seemed intentional, or building toward something. The showrunner did go on to say Iron Fist's team "certainly wanted to avoid any stereotypes" when it came to characterization.

One Injured in Letter Bomb Attack in Paris
Police confirmed one person was injured in the blast caused by a suspected firecracker earlier this morning. A spokesperson for the Paris prefecture of police said the explosive was likely to be a firework.

Fellow Clerks Push Gorsuch Confirmation
Schumer's comments come five days before Gorsuch's confirmation hearings begin Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, praised Judge Gorsuch as a nominee who understands the importance of Indian-country issues.

Someone used a $3 million Patriot missile to destroy a store-bought quadcopter
Perkins pointed out the obvious - that deploying large surface-to-air missiles as a defence was not good bang for your buck. The AN/MPQ-53 at the heart of the system is known as the " Phased array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target", or PATRIOT.

Other news