U.S. drone strike kills two Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Published March 11th, 2014 - 10:35 GMT

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.

Local tribesmen also said three rockets, presumed to be fired by a U.S. drone, hit a car in Ma’arib late on Monday.

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.

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