Somalia's government on Saturday blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Friday's attack on a boat that killed at least 42 Somali refugees, calling the assault by a military vessel and a helicopter gunship "horrific."
Somalia urged the US-supported coalition to investigate. The boat packed with dozens of refugees was more than 30 miles off war-torn Yemen's coast when it came under attack.Some of the passengers were women and children.
Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a separate statement called the attack "atrocious" and "appalling."
Yemen's Shiite rebels also have blamed the Saudi-led coalition. There has been no coalition comment.
The attack highlighted the perils of a heavily used migration route running from the Horn of Africa to the oil-rich Gulf, right through Yemen's civil war.
A Yemeni trafficker who survived said the refugees had been trying to reach Sudan.
The attack comes shortly after Somalia's recently elected president, the Somali-American Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, chose to make Saudi Arabia his first official foreign visit overseas.