US drone kills wedding guests in Yemen


This video says about itself:

Drone strike kills 15 wedding-goers instead of Al-Qaeda convoy in Yemen

12 Dec 2013

Fifteen people who had been heading to a wedding in Yemen have been killed in an air strike. Local media reported that a drone attack had been responsible, and the party-goers had been hit instead of an Al-Qaeda convoy.

From killing people at a funeral in Pakistan … to killing wedding guests in Iraq … to killing wedding guests in Afghanistan … to killing a newly married couple in Somalia … to now …

In this, the United States armed forces, instead of all that bloodshed, should rather follow the example of the Israeli army … rather, not all of that army, but those Israeli soldiers who reacted to a Palestinian wedding not by shooting at it, but by joining in the dancing (and who were subsequently disciplined for that).

From the BBC:

12 December 2013 Last updated at 19:44 GMT

Yemen wedding hit by deadly air strike

At least 13 people have been killed by an air strike on a wedding convoy in southern Yemen, say officials.

The attack happened near the town of Radda in al-Bayda province, a known stronghold of al-Qaeda.

It was unclear what aircraft carried out the attack, though local people said it was a drone.

The US has acknowledged using drones as part of its support for Yemen’s efforts to tackle militant extremists, but does not comment on individual strikes.

Human rights groups say US drone attacks in Yemen constitute unlawful killings.

From Reuters:

Air strike kills 15 civilians in Yemen by mistake: officials

SANAA Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:34pm EST

Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy, local security officials said on Thursday.

The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources said that it was a drone.

“An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being admitted to the hospital,” one security official said.

Five more people were injured, the officials said. …

Human Rights Watch said in a detailed report in August that U.S. missile strikes, including armed drone attacks, have killed dozens of civilians in Yemen.

We’re Number One… In Obliterating Wedding Parties; by Tom Engelhardt: here.

Here’s the bottom line on the American drone strike that slaughtered as many as seventeen people in a wedding party in Yemen last week: the CIA, which carried out the attack, had no comment. The State Department didn’t say anything. And the White House, ignoring outcries in Yemen, says merely, “We obviously cooperate closely with the government of Yemen on counterterrorism, have in the past and will continue in the future to do that”: here.

Yemeni parliament in non-binding vote against drone attacks: here.

Compensation plan for drone victims’ relatives raises eyebrows: here.

Total oil workers strike in South Yemen: here.

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