Twenty two people killed in mosque attack in Yemen's Marib

An attack helicopter targeted a boat carrying Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen, killing at least 31 people holding U.N.travel documents, global migration officials said Friday.

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.

It remained unclear who had carried out the attack or whether it came from a military vessel or an attack helicopter.

The Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting alongside Yemen's internationally recognised government, has accused the Shiite Houthi rebels of using Hodeida as a smuggling route for weapons.

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In Geneva, the spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, Joel Millman, told reporters that the death toll could rise beyond 31. 32 people, including 10 civilians, have been killed.

He says when the helicopter gunship opened fire, panic erupted among the refugees.

The refugees, who included children, were hit in waters 30 miles off the southern coastline of Shia rebel-held Hodeida province, according to a Yemeni trafficker who survived the attack.

There was no comment from the coalition.

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Al-Massirah Yemeni television reported that the Saudi-led warplanes targeted a boat carrying dozens of Somali immigrants off al-Hudaydah in Yemen.

The UNHCR said in a tweet that it was "appalled by this tragic incident, the latest in which civilians continue to disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict in Yemen".

Mohammed Abdiker, emergencies director at the International Organization for Migration in Geneva, said the attack was "totally unacceptable" and questioned why there had been no effort to check who was on board the boat before it was sacked upon.

Despite the crisis, Yemen continues to be an important transit point for African migrants.

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"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.