NAIROBI (Halbeeg News) – At least 400 Somalis have been killed in the war-torn Arabian nation, Yemen since 2015 when the war broke out, Somalia confirmed.
The Yemeni Civil War which is an ongoing conflict began in 2015 between two factions: the incumbent Yemeni government led by Hadi and the Houthi militia where each one of them claims to constitute the Yemeni government, along with their supporters and allies.
Former Somali consul in Aden town, Hussein Haji Ahmed, who spoke to VOA Somali said the civil war in Yemen claimed lives of Somali refugees who fled to Yemen when Somalia plunged into civil war.
“In the beginning, when Huthi rebels entered Aden, the aerial bombardment of allied forces (Saudi and its allies) targeting the rebels killed many Somali people. Most of them died at checkpoints while trying to escape Aden (War),” he said.
Mr. Ahmed who is the current Somali ambassador to South Sudan confirmed the death toll saying the death toll of those Somali nationals killed in Yemen hits 400.
“The recorded death toll of Somalis killed in Yemen reaches over 400. The responsibility for the attacks killed people will be taken by those controlling areas which the incidents took place,” he stated.
Last year, 40 Somalis were killed off the coast of Yemen when warplanes attacked a boat they travelling in.
It was not clear who was behind the attack though aid agencies and the government blamed Saudi and its allies for the attack.