Fleeing violence in Yemen, refugees arrive in Somalia

Somali officials and the U.N. say dozens of Yemeni refugees fleeing the Saudi-led airstrikes and fighting in Yemen have arrived in the northern parts of Somalia.

The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday that at least 32 Yemenis arrived by sea in the northern breakaway region of Somaliland and the semiautonomous Puntland region on Saturday.

Local officials in Somaliland said that 12 Yemeni families arrived at the Berbera port along the Gulf of Aden after traveling from Yemeni's third largest city of Taiz, where warplanes had carried out strikes targeting the Houthi rebels.

The arrival of the Yemenis is in stark contrast to the usual flight to Yemen of hundreds of Somalis escaping violence and poverty in their country. The U.N. says Yemen hosts more than 238,000 Somali refugees.