Local Official Says US-Built Apache Helicopter Behind Massacre of Refugees
Mar 18 2017 by Desiree Burns
Thirty-one Somali refugees were reportedly killed off the coast of Yemen late on Thursday when a helicopter attacked the boat they were travelling in, a coastguard in the Houthi-controlled Hudaydah area has said.
Numerous wounded lost arms and legs in the strike, the Yemeni medical official told AP on condition of anonymity. "These nations must pay what they owe", Trump said at a joint press conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The bodies of 33 refugees were taken to hospitals in the western port city, a health official there said, adding that 35 wounded had also been admitted.
A local coast guard official from the Houthi-rebel controlled coast of Yemen told Reuters an Apache helicopter attacked the boat, though it remains unclear who is responsible for the attack.
It was not immediately clear who had carried out the attack.
The boat, filled with refugees attempting to flee war-torn Yemen including women and children, had made it about 30 miles offshore when a helicopter swooped in and opened fire. The Saudis have used USA -made Apache helicopters to carry out some of those missions.
About 80 survivors were rescued and taken to hospital, according to the IOM.