Hodeidah Coast Guard officials have confirmed that 31 Somali refugees were killed off the coast of Yemen late on Thursday.
They said a helicopter attacked the boat that the refugees were travelling in, while they were on their way from Yemen to the Sudan.
The Apache helicopter attacked them near the Bab al-Mandeb strait.
Speaking to Reuters on Friday, UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo 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.”
Conditions in Yemen have deteriorated significantly during the past month, and indications are that these refugees were victims of that circumstance.