Yemenis Seek Justice for ‘Unlawful’ US Drone Strike Killings

 A Yemeni boy walks past a mural depicting a US drone and reading “Why did you kill my family” on December 13, 2013 in the capital Sanaa. Photo: Mphammed Huwais/AFP

Two Yemeni families have filed a petition this week against the US government over the “unlawful” killing of 34 relatives, including nine children, in counter-terrorism operations, said human rights group Reprieve.

The families suffered enormous loss of life and property between 2013 and 2018 in six drone strikes and a special operations raid, said Reprieve, which submitted the petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of the families on Tuesday.

“It is averred that the seven attacks at issue have resulted in the unlawful killing of at least 48 people, including 17 children, and in the serious injury of at least seven others, as well as the destruction of their personal property and livelihoods,” said the petition seen by AFP.

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