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Late Thursday night, a boat carrying Somali refugees was attacked by a helicopter.

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The attack resulted in 42 fatalities. Travelers on board were leaving from Yemen to escape civil unrest and were headed toward Sudan, according to BBC.

The victims were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab al-Mandeb strait. A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokeswoman said:

“We are distressed by this incident and understand that refugees were traveling in a vessel off the coast of Hodeidah which was reportedly impacted during the course of hostilities.”

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Eric Christopher Wyss, of the International Committee of the Red Cross, told BBC News.

“I saw many men, women and children either killed or horribly wounded. Survivors told us that many of the passengers were refugees from Somalia or Yemen, fleeing conflict.”

The Somali refugees were carrying identity documents issued by UNHCR, according to UN's refugee agency. There were 80 survivors and they were brought to a hospital in Hodeidah.

It has not been confirmed who executed the attack. Somalia has produced around 1.1 million refugees, most of which fled to places such Kenya and Ethiopia according to the Refugee Council USA.

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IntegrityImportant(4 likes)It is heartbreaking that we have places in the world so unsafe that citizens will risk life and limb to escape. Rather than have a constant push-pull conversation about immigration, why can't we fix those places so citizens can stay? War is never the answer.
@Droid(3 likes)MUST !!!! read Kilmeade's book, "Tripoli Pirates" ........... this is history repeating itself yet again. The images are used to pull on the heartstrings of the American taxpayer, while we see very few graphic images in our popular press of MUSLIM bombings, violence, beatings, stabbings, slashings, beheadings, burnings, drownings, murder, and rape. Forbes published TWO heavily researched factual articles about Africa's richest dictators; it's well over $70Billion in their private fortunes, that can be verified by searching public documents (7/09/2013 article on Obiang; and 11/20/2012 article by Kerry Dolan "Africa's 40 Richest"). This figure merely represents the tip of the iceberg; not to mention the fact that these dictators CONTROL their national treasuries. Those dictators are 100% responsible for their citizens !!! Also, Aliko Dangote, a billionaire industrialist, and a devout radical musloid pushing sharia law, profited, while "western" business-people lost money, in 2015 when the Greek crisis caused world markets to plummet. A quick search of Dangote and his alma matter, reveals how radical he really is. So, the notion that the American tax-payer is in any way, financially responsible for people in Africa is nothing short of INSANE !!! What the hell is the U.N. doing ??? Ha !!! those African "member" nations are using the U.N. as part of their strategey to extract the wealth OUT of the United States and IN TO Africa. So we also need to get the U.S.A. out of the U.N.
Gigel Bucuresteanu Bonjour