Somali refugees who survived an attack on a boat off Yemen's coast in the Red Sea hug each other as they sit at a detention center in the Houthi-held port of Hudaida, Yemen, March 22, 2017. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad
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Three rockets that fell in the darkness nearby were the first sign of trouble for 150 Somali migrants packed into a boat off Yemen's coast earlier this month.Moments later, bullets tore into the vessel near the Red Sea port of Hudaida, killing more than a dozen men on the upper deck, four survivors told Reuters. It was the beginning of a half-hour attack on March 16 that killed 43 civilians.In interviews last week, survivors in Houthi-controlled Hudaida said a helicopter had circled above the boat in daytime before the attack.Around nine o'clock at night, rockets fired from another vessel missed the migrants' boat before heavy machinegun fire erupted.The war in Yemen has made land crossings to Gulf countries too dangerous, so the migrants took a sea route past Hudaida, which Yemeni forces backed by the coalition are trying to isolate from other areas held by the Houthis.
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