Saturday, March 18, 2017

Somalia calls on Saudi-led coalition to investigate raid off Yemen coast

MOGADISHU, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Somalia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said late Saturday on its twitter account that it has called on its partners in the Saudi-led coalition to investigate the raid off Yemen coast.

At least 33 Somali refugees were killed and 29 others wounded when a total of 150 refugees traveling in a boat off the Yemeni coast came under an air attack, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office in Sanaa said on Friday.

The ministry said it is very sad, targeting a boat carrying Somali migrants near the coast of Hodeidah in Yemen. "Our deep condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in the horrific attack in the Red sea."

The ministry added that Allah's mercy upon those who lost their lives, speedy recovery to the wounded.

Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reported that the Somali refugees came under an air attack late night of Thursday, blaming a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia which is having tight control of the Red Sea and the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb off the western Yemeni coasts.

There was no comment by the coalition forces yet.