Published On: Fri, Dec 13th, 2013

Drone attack in Yemen misses Al-Qaeda target, kills 15 headed to a wedding

A drone strike in Yemen has left fifteen innocent civilians dead and human rights activists calling for scrutiny.

Local reports have confirmed that a party of 15 people heading to a wedding in Yemen were killed as a drone air strike missed the intended convoy and killed group, injuring 5 others in Radda.

“An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being admitted to the hospital,” a Yemeni security official told Reuters.

The US has ramped up drone attacks in the area, ignoring increasing criticism from locals and growing pressure by government officials.

Human Rights Watch released a damning report on US drone strikes in Yemen. It described six of the total of some 80 targeted killing operations in the country. In those six attacks 82 people were killed, 57 of whom – or practically 70 percent – were civilians.

“President Obama says the US is doing its utmost to protect civilians from harm in these strikes. Yet in the six cases we examined, at least two were a clear violation of the laws of war,” HRW Senior Researcher Letta Tayler stated.

The civilian casualties’ death toll is encouraging Al-Qaeda and increasing recruitments as the news of the aftermath spreads.

“All of us in the village heard a large explosion,” said Ali Nasser al-Qawli’s brother, Mohamed, who rushed to the scene. “We picked up the burned body parts. They were all over. We picked them up and put them in plastic bags, and took them to the hospital so we could bury them the next day,” he said. “My brother was completely charred. We identified him by his teeth. It’s as if they killed animals.”

Qawli was a science teacher accidentally killed when he shared a taxi “with strangers” and was killed in a drone strike moments later – full story here

Public domain photo/US Air Force

Public domain photo/US Air Force

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