Yemen's rights groups strongly condemn US drone attacks
group have strongly denounced US drones attacks against Yemeni areas, calling the Yemeni
government to respect safety and security of its citizens.
Seyaj Organization for
Childhood Protection (Seyaj) has stated that four children were killed in
Rada'a by US drone attacks, demanding the Yemeni government to investigate the
In a statement, it
called the government to shoulder responsibilities toward its citizens,
emphasizing that US drones committed extrajudicial killing in Rada'a, Abyan,
Shabwah and other governorates.
Seyaj quoted its
volunteers in Rada'a as saying that the four children were killed in an air-strike
that targeted a vihilce in Sarar of Rada town.
It alsodemanded the Yemeni and US government to
shoulder their humanitarian responsibilities, compensate families of the
victims, treat the wounded ones and order security and military services to
avoid attacking civilians.
Hood Organization for
Rights and Freedoms strongly slammed "silence" of the Yemeni
government toward the attacks, accusing it of collision with "crimes
committed against Yemenis."
It further called for
apologizing for the civisms, compensate them and amend wrong policies that led
to such crimes against civilians.
Tribal sources had said
that two unmanned drones killed on Sunday 13 civilians in Rada'a town of
al-Baidha governorate, affirming that three other civilians were seriously
wounded and that they were taken to hospital.
They spelt out that t he
drones raided two vehicles, pointing out that two women were killed.
Al-Qaeda chief in
Rada'a, Abdul-Rauf al-Dhahab was not existed inside the vehicles, the sources
According to the
sources, three US drones flew over Walad Rabia area located in Rada, singling
out that they raised fears among population.
Local sources cited that
tribal leaders and figures held a meeting to discuss strikes launched against
Many Al-Qaeda militants
including senior leaders have been targeted by US drones in Yemeni southern and
southeastern regions in the past months. However, US drones some times miss its
target and kill civilians, tribal sources say.
Earlier this year, a
group of militants occupied Rada and declared it as an Islamic emirate and they
left later after tribal mediations managed to release Al-Qaeda prisoners.
approved summoned the Interior Minister Abdul-Kader Qahtan to ask him about US
drone attacks in Rada'a and other areas.
In a session held on
Tuesday, members of parliament demanded to investigate US drone strikes that
targeted "innocent persons" under pretexts of fighting al-Qaeda.
Deputy speaker of
parliament Himiar Al-Ahmar said he contacted the interior and local
administration ministers to discuss circumstances of the event and measures
taken to tackle such attacks.
A lawmaker, Sadeq
Al-Basha, strongly criticized the attitude of the Yemeni government toward the
drone strikes, affirming that extrajudicial killing is prohibited in all laws
Abdulkarim Shaiban, a
lawmaker, called for taking serious attitude towards "US military
interventions" in Yemen, urging members of parliament to not stand idly.