U.S. drone strike kills two Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen
Yemeni security officials say the air raid was carried out in the province of Ma’arib on Monday night. The attack targeted a car carrying two people.
The United States views Yemen as a front line in its so-called war against terror.
The U.S. administration -- criticized for launching air raids in Yemen and several other Muslim countries – claims that the unmanned US aircraft attacks target al-Qaeda militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned airstrikes.
On December 15, 2013, the Yemeni parliament strongly condemned the US drone strikes inside the country. The legislature also passed a law banning the drone attacks.
Last October, Human Rights Watch said U.S. drone strikes in Yemen have led to the deaths of many civilians over the past years in a blatant violation of international law.
In a 28-page report released on February 19, the HRW called on the United States to investigate a fatal drone strike on a wedding ceremony in Yemen in December.
According to the report, dubbed “A Wedding That Became a Funeral: U.S. Drone Attack on Marriage Procession in Yemen,” the December 12, 2013 attack killed a dozen men and wounded at least 15 other people, including the bride.