ICRC Condemns "Gruesome and Heartbreaking" Attack on Civilian Ship in Yemen, Calls for Immediate Investigation

ICRC's Eric Christopher Wyss in Hodeida, talking to first responders following the civilian ship attack.

ICRC's Eric Christopher Wyss in Hodeida, talking to first responders following the civilian ship attack.

The ICRC is shocked by last night's attack on a civilian ship carrying around 150 passengers, including women and children, near the port of Hodeida in Yemen.

It was a heartbreaking scene. I saw many men, women and children either killed or horribly wounded at the scene. Survivors told us that many of the passengers were refugees from Somalia or Yemen, fleeing conflict.
— ICRC's Eric Christopher Wyss

ICRC's director of operations Dominik Stillhart strongly condemned the attack and called it a tragic loss of life.  "These people were themselves fleeing conflict, in search of safety and a better life. We call on the warring parties to conduct an immediate investigation into what happened."

The attack left 33 dead and 29 wounded, while other passengers are either still missing or in the care of local authorities. ICRC staff arrived at the port this morning to help survivors and give support to local hospitals.

Read the full press release here and the BBC article here