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Somali Refugees Massacred Off Yemen Coast When Helicopter Attacks Boat

At least 31 Somali refugees are dead after the boat they were traveling in from Yemen to Sudan was attacked by what might have been a U.S.-made Apache helicopter.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed “dozens of deaths and many dozens of survivors brought to hospitals.”

A local coastguard officer told Reuters that “the refugees, carrying official [United Nations Refugee Agency] documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab al-Mandeb strait.”

If the reports are true, Yemen Peace Project director of policy and advocacy Kate Kizer noted online, the Apache helicopter “likely was U.S. sold, #Saudi manned (last sale last fall).”

Journalist Samuel Oakford wrote:

Middle East Eye reported: “Photos from the scene showed bodies of men, women, and children laid out on the ground at a small harbor, covered in pieces of colored fabric.”

The outlet added:

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, although the Saudi-led coalition is known to fly Apache helicopters near the strategic Bab al-Mandeb strait, which connects the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden and carries millions of barrels of oil per day.

Local news site Aden al-Ghad reported that jets from the Saudi-led coalition—which has led a ground and air campaign against Houthi rebels since March 2015—had “intensified its strikes” in Hudaida on Thursday.

“Coalition planes launched dozens of strikes on coastal areas of Hudaida, in support of advances by troops on the ground,” a local source told the site, which is known to be opposed to the Houthi rebels.

The Guardian further reported:

There was no immediate comment from the coalition. Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition in the war in Yemen, has U.S.-built Apache A-64 Longbow attack helicopters.

The kingdom’s Al-Madinah class frigates, one of which was damaged in an attack by a Houthi militia in January, are also capable of carrying a single helicopter. Other naval forces operating in the area are also equipped with helicopters, including the U.S. military.

The U.N. Refugee Agency said it was “appalled” by the incident.

“As conditions in Yemen deteriorate as a result of the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis, refugees and asylum seekers are increasingly fleeing onwards, following established migratory routes, including across the Red Sea to Sudan with the intention of heading onwards to Europe,” said agency spokesman William Spindler. “This tragic incident is the latest in which innocent civilians, including Yemenis,  refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, continue to suffer and disproportionately bear the brunt of the conflict in Yemen.”

UPI reported Thursday that Boeing just this week “received a $3.2 billion contract modification to support the U.S. Army’s foreign military sale of Apache helicopters to Saudi Arabia.” The U.S. has already sold dozens of Apaches to Saudi Arabia, along with billions in additional arms. On Tuesday, Amnesty International urged the Trump administration to halt future sales immediately.


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Following are the ships expected to call on Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City and Ocean terminals this week. Schedules are supplied by GPA and are subject to change.

TERMINAL VESSEL ETA

GCT MSC DONATA Today

GCT MAERSK WEYMOUTH Today

GCT MSC KATYA R. Today

GCT MAERSK KOTKA Today

GCT MSC MARIA ELENA Today

GCT CMA CGM SAMBHAR Today

GCT HOUSTON EXPRESS Today

OT GRANDE LUANDA Today

OT FIDELIO Today

GCT UASC ZAMZAM Saturday

GCT MSC VANESSA Saturday

GCT ARICA Saturday

GCT CMA CGM NERVAL Saturday

GCT MAERSK KAWASAKI Saturday

OT TAMERLANE Saturday

GCT MAERSK PITTSBURGH Sunday

GCT MAERSK SANA Sunday

GCT KAAN KALKAVAN Sunday

GCT ST LOUIS EXPRESS Sunday

GCT SEOUL EXPRESS Sunday

GCT SANTA REGULA Sunday

GCT MSC ILONA Sunday

TERMINAL VESSEL ETA

GCT MSC ZLATA R Sunday

GCT KOTA LUMAYAN Sunday

GCT ZIM QINGDAO Monday

GCT SAINT NIKOLAOS Monday

GCT NORTHERN PROMOTION Monday

GCT MSC ANIELLO Monday

GCT MOL MOTIVATOR Monday

GCT EVER LIVING Monday

GCT YM UTMOST Monday

GCT CMA CGM AMERICA Tuesday

GCT BERLIN EXPRESS Tuesday

GCT ATLANTIC BREEZE Tuesday

GCT CMA CGM AMBER Tuesday

OT PROMISE 3 Tuesday

GCT ZIM CONSTANZA Wednesday

GCT HYUNDAI PLUTO Wednesday

GCT PACON Wednesday

OT TOMBARRA Wednesday

OT TARAGO Wednesday

OT ASIATIC Wednesday

GCT EVER LIVEN Thursday

GCT ZIM LOS ANGELES Thursday

GCT MAERSK KINLOSS Thursday

GCT MAERSK KURE Thursday

GCT SEAMAX NORWALK Thursday

GCT MSC VITTORIA Thursday

GCT NYK OLYMPUS Thursday

GCT ZIM NEW YORK Thursday


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