US drones kill mostly civilians in Yemen

Twelve separate US drone attacks have killed at least 35 people in Yemen during the past two weeks.

According to the locals, the unmanned aircraft targeted civilian areas and that the victims have been mostly civilians.

However everyone who is killed in a drone strike by the US government is officially labeled a Å“suspect,” according to a Jason Ditz, a journalist with Antiwar.

A Yemeni who lives in the town of Jaar, just north of Zinjibar said his daughter was killed while in school, when it was hit by a drone attack.

He said that he was taking his daughter from school to a local clinic for a doctorâ„¢s appointment only to find that the clinic had been destroyed by a drone attack.

Then he and his children went back to school to take shelter in the basement, when a follow-up attack destroyed the school, killing his daughter.

Å“These are really war crimes; the use of drones on countries that the United States is not at war with. It is not only a violation of international law, but itâ„¢s also in violation of US law,” Richard Becker of the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition said in an interview with Press TV.

The most comprehensive studies show that the vast majority of people being killed by the drone strikes are in fact civilians, Becker noted.

The US has launched numerous drone attacks in Yemen killing many innocent civilians over the past few years.

Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the airstrikes.

The United Nations has called the US drone attacks targeted killings that flout international law.

Yemenis have held many demonstrations to condemn the United Statesâ„¢ violations of their national sovereignty.


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Republished from: Press TV