US drone attack kills four in Yemen

Published February 1st, 2015 - 11:37 GMT
Human Rights Watch has criticized the US for frequent drone attacks in Yemen. (AFP/File)
Human Rights Watch has criticized the US for frequent drone attacks in Yemen. (AFP/File)

A US drone strike has claimed the lives of four people in Yemen’s southern province of Shabwa, tribal sources say.

The sources said the airstrike was carried out on Saturday, when the aircraft fired four missiles at a vehicle transporting the four.

The attack comes less than a week after another drone strike killed three people in a desert area between Shabwa and the neighboring province of Ma’rib.

The drone attacks come amid political tensions in Yemen.

Washington says political void in Yemen will not affect its so-called anti-terrorism campaign in the Arab country. 

The United States acknowledges using drones as part of its targeted killing campaign in Muslim countries to eliminate what it regards as militants. However, it does not comment publicly on individual cases of the aerial bombing campaign.

The US administration claims that the drones target al-Qaeda militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the airstrikes.

The US drone strikes in Yemen have led to the death of many civilians over the past few years in a blatant violation of international law, according to Human Rights Watch.


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