(AFP) Saudi-led Coalition, carrying brutal aggression on Yemen since March 2015, denied responsibility for the raid which killed dozens of Somali refugees near Yemeni port of Hodeida.

In a statement the coalition called on Sunday for Hodeida port to be placed under UN supervision.

“We are also aware of allegations that the attack was carried out by a helicopter and naval vessel belonging to the Saudi-led coalition,” the statement said.

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“We can confirm the coalition was not responsible for any attack on a refugee boat on Friday and… there was no firing by any coalition forces on Friday in the area” of Hodeida.

The coalition called for the port there “to be placed immediately under United Nations supervision”.

“This would facilitate the flow of humanitarian supplies to the Yemeni people, while at the same time ending the use of the port for weapons smuggling and people trafficking.”

Somalia has called on the coalition to investigate the incident in which more than 40 Somali refugees were shot dead on board a boat.

Somalia itself is a member of the coalition carrying out aggression against Yemen.

“We call on our partners in the Saudi-led coalition to investigate the raid,” Somalia’s Foreign Minister Abdusalam Omer said in a statement released Saturday.

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  1. As it was already pointed, although with a single picture and moreover in pretty low resolution, the damages and also wounds we can see don’t stick at all with the damages the 30x113mm shells from an Apache chopper can do, actually, even very likely a 20mm auto-cannon or a 12.7mm machinegun. Lokks like small arms ‘job’.
    It changes absolutely nothing to the fact I totally disapprove Saudis’ action in Yemen but visibly, unless there are further material available, nothing points to a chopper attack or usual military boat armament, thus, there are always small arms on military boats too but… There are also many pirates in the region too, so…