Yemen elites condemn US drone strikes

Yemeni political elites have condemned US assassination drone strikes in the Arab country, saying the attacks violate their countryâ„¢s sovereignty.

Å“The presence of foreign aircraft over Yemeni ground is considered a direct violation of the nationâ„¢s sovereignty. Therefore, we strongly condemn these violation…,” Yemeni anti-drone activist, Mabkhout Rabeeâ„¢a Sharif, told the National Dialogue Conference held in the capital Sana’a.

CIA-run drone strikes have hiked since Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi visited Washington in early August, with Maâ„¢rib, Shabwa and Hadhramaut provinces taking the brunt of the attacks.

The latest of the attacks occurred on late Monday when at least two people were killed after a US drone targeted a car in the southern province of Shabwa.

Earlier this week, Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakul Karman also condemned the US assassination drone attacks in the Arab country as Å“unacceptable.”

In her Twitter account, Karman strongly criticized the terror operations for undermining Yemenâ„¢s sovereignty.

A surge in the US drone attacks has killed at least 40 people in the country over the past two weeks.

The United States often uses its assassination drones to hit targets in Yemen, as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia.

Washington claims the CIA drones target Å“militants,” but international human rights group say the facts on the ground indicate that civilians are frequently killed in the airstrikes.

According to the Washington-based New America Foundation, the assassination attacks in Yemen almost tripled in 2012.

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Republished from: Press TV