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Somali Refugees Forced into Yemen War

Wednesday, 16 December 2009 11:11 AM

Hundreds of Somali refugees are being forced at gunpoint to join rebels fighting in northern Yemen, a Somali diplomat in Aden has told the BBC.

Hussein Haji Ahmed said they were being intercepted in mountainous territory crossing into Saudi Arabia.

"The refugees have told me that those who refused to join the rebellion were executed," he said.

Both the authorities in Yemen and Saudi Arabia have alleged that Somalis have been fighting with Houthi rebels.

More than 16,000 Somali refugees have fled to Yemen in recent years to escape the civil war in their country, making the dangerous sea crossing in fishing boats.

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