Political Analysis

The US Drone ignores Yemen parliament calls

National Yemen

Parliament of Yemen Republic

By NY Staff

The American drones has given no respect to the Yemeni parliament whose members called  two weeks ago for an  immediate stop to the drone strikes  target Yemeni people.  The  new drone of last Friday  targeted  suspected al-Qeada militants  in Shabam (Hadhramout)  few days after the parliament decreed to ban the American drones.

The majority of members of the parliament voted against the American drones for the dramatic increase for killing civilians under the reason of targeting  terrorists>

The two targeted men were travelling in a pickup on the outskirt of a small town in the middle of a highway between Sayoun and Shibam.

“The airstrike burnt the bodies of the two men who were carried to Shibam hospital. The strike occurred at 5.15pm near an oil station,” said the official on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

US drones have carried many deadly attacks, killing tens of suspected Al Qaida militants in the growing unstable province since the beginning of this year.

Yemen’s largest province has been in turmoil since December 2 when a prominent tribal leader was killed in a shootout with army troops. Angry tribesmen retaliated by attacking army checkpoints and security offices.

The independent experts questioned the legitimacy of drone attacks under international law and said the governments should reveal what targeting procedures were used.

Local security officials said on December 12 that 15 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. 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.

Stressing the need for accountability and payment to victims’ families, the U.N. statement issued in Geneva said that two attacks, on two separate wedding processions, killed 16 and wounded at least 10 people.

“If armed drones are to be used, states must adhere to international humanitarian law, and should disclose the legal basis for their operational responsibility and criteria for targeting,” said Christ of Heyns, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.