UN and Somalia call for inquiry into deadly bombing of migrant boat


Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 22 March 2017| 23 Jumadul Aakhir 1438

The United Nations and the government of Somalia have called for an inquiry into an aerial assault that killed 42 migrants on board a boat leaving Yemen last week. Most of the dead were Somalis who were attempting to reach Sudan.

As the military helicopter responsible for the attack approached the boat, people on board held up flashlights and shouted that they were Somali, but it did not stop the attack. Rescue workers stored the dead bodies in fish coolers because there was no space at the hospital.

Officials in Yemen said that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the attack. On their part, Saudi officials denied responsibility and said that none of the coalition’s forces had been operating in the area.

United Nations high commissioner for refugees described the assault as “an unwarranted attack on helpless civilians fleeing violence and conflict”.

Source – MEMO