A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen called on Sunday for the
United Nations to place a strategic port under its supervision after 42 Somalis
were killed in an attack on their refugee boat nearby.
refugees had departed from the western port city of Hodeidah en route to Sudan
when it came under fire in an incident aid workers said had involved a
Red Sea port near the Bab al-Mandab strait is under the control of Yemen's armed
Houthi movement, which has been fighting Saudi Arabia and its allies in a
the Arab alliance denied responsibility for the attack on Friday, it called for
jurisdiction over Hodeidah port to be transferred to the UN.
would facilitate the flow of humanitarian supplies to the Yemeni people, while
at the same time ending the use of the port for weapons smuggling and people
trafficking," it said in a statement. It did not address a call by Somalia
still unclear who was behind the assault.
do not know who carried it out, but survivors said they came under attack from
another boat at 9 pm, the crew used lights and shouted to signal this is a
civilian boat," said Iolanda Jaquemet, a spokeswoman for the International
Committee of the Red Cross.
it did not have any effect and a helicopter joined in the attack," she
is part of a broad battlefront where forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu
Mansour Hadi, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, are fighting the Iran-allied
Houthi movement, which controls most of northern and western Yemen.
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
Bab al-Mandab is a strategic waterway through which nearly four million barrels of
oil are shipped daily.
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