Somalia's government is blaming the Saudi-led coalition for yesterday's attack on a boat that killed at least 42 Somali refugees, calling the assault by a military vessel and a helicopter gunship "horrific." Somalia's foreign ministry today urged the US-supported coalition to investigate, saying "it Is very sad, targeting a boat carrying Somali migrants." The boat packed with dozens of refugees was more than 30 miles off war-torn Yemen's coast when it came under attack.
Yemen's Shiite rebels also have blamed the Saudi-led coalition. There has been no coalition comment. The attack highlighted the perils of a heavily used migration route running from the Horn of Africa to the oil-rich Gulf, right through Yemen's civil war. A Yemeni trafficker who survived said the refugees had been trying to reach Sudan.