Report: American "Drones " commits serious violations and kills civilians with the complicity of the Yemeni government

Report: American "Drones " commits serious violations and kills civilians with the complicity of the Yemeni government


The National commission of Inquiry into allegations of human rights violations has warned of the continuing serious violations committed by United States drones in Yemen, which continue to kill and target safe civilian citizens with the complicity of the Yemeni government.

In its sixth report, the National Committee, in its report obtained by Al-Masdaronline, added that the Commission had detected and investigated allegations of violations by United States drones, which had resulted in eight casualties, all of them civilians, including seven fatalities, including one child and one injured.

According to the report, the drones aircraft, which targeted with two rockets on 9 September 2015, two 2009 Hyluxe vehicles with 6 people aboard, in the Directorate of Ein in Shabwah Province (southeast Yemen), killing all of them.

According to the report, the results of the field investigations, the photographs taken of the scattered debris remnants, witness testimonies and testimonies of the victims, confirm that all six victims of the "one Family were working in beekeeping and selling honey and while they were transporting bees to their cars They were bombed by a drone that was flying at low altitude and fired two rockets within few moments, killing all six of the vehicles, all of whom were civilians and had nothing to do with any terrorist organization. The shelling also destroyed the two cars and burned all the honey cells that they had».

In 2012, a US drone launched its first operations in Yemen, targeting a car carrying deputy governor of Marib Ali bin Jaber al-Shabwani, killing four others from his family and his escort.

In the reign of Ali Abdallah Saleh, the government committed to silence in the face of repeated massacres committed by US drones in Yemen, but President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi praised it  during his September 2012 visit to the United States of America, confirming in an interview with the New York Times that he personally agreed on all American drone strikes, they are carried out in coordination with the Government.

The report of the National Commission of Inquiry into allegations of human rights violations referred to another incident, in which drone aircraft targeted the car type Hyluxe, on March 5, 2018, in Al-‘abr region of Hadramawt Governorate, killing one person and injuring another.

According to the report, the results of the investigation, testimonies of witnesses and victims and the results of the inspection indicate that the two victims were on board the vehicle returning from a visit of their relatives in the Al-‘abr area and when they were passing along the military point on the road, a US drone targeted them, killing one of them. The other injuries were severe and "both victims were civilians who had nothing to do with any terrorist organizations" and the deceased was a child, Amer Mohammed Ali Huridan (13 years old) and Hussein Saleh Hasan Huridan (19 years old).

The National commission of Inquiry into allegations of human rights violations, in the results of the investigation in the two previous cases, and a number of other cases involving the bombing of Yemeni citizens by United States aircraft, concluded "the responsibility of the American forces, in partnership with the Yemeni government, which allowed such Interventions, and commit this serious type of violations. "

In its previous reports, the National Committee has already reported civilian casualties in most air raids by United States drones in Yemen, stressing the need to stop such raids as serious human rights violations in Yemen.

In its report, the National Committee warned against "the continuation of such strikes and the continued killing and targeting of safe civilian citizens."

It stressed the need for the Yemeni government to abide by the provisions of the Constitution and national laws, which affirm that citizens must be protected against any attack and that the accused should be brought to justice.

Although the Yemeni president told the media that he was in agreement with each US raid. But at a meeting with Human Rights Watch on January 28, 2014, he did not confirm Yemen's approval of the exact timing of the raid. He said, "in general, the raids are allowed on the basis of an agreement signed by former President of Abdullah Saleh with the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and it is a binding agreement," he said.

International reports indicate that more than 2,000 Yemeni citizens, most of them civilians, have been killed in the raids of drone aircraft in Yemen between 2002 and 2013.

The United States of America stepped up its air strikes after the Houthi militia overturned on September 21, 2014, as al-Qaeda and terrorist organizations stepped up their activities according to the Government of Yemen and the US administration.

In 2017, the US military said it had carried out more than 120 raids in Yemen, three times more than the number of raids in 2016. for many years.

In January, US president Donald Trump, days after he arrived in power, signed an air landing for US troops in the central Yemeni province of al-Baydha, killing 14 civilians, including 9 children. International organizations then called on the United States to investigate the incident, but the incident was diluted as its predecessors.

Human rights sources told Al-Masdar online that nearly 5,000 people were killed in drone strikes until the end of 2018, including some 3,500 civilian casualties unrelated to terrorist groups and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which the United States classifies as the most dangerous terrorist organization and  threat to her abroad.

Four years ago, Yemen is witnessing a continuing war between the Iran-backed Houthi militia and the government forces backed by the Arab-led coalition of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Since March, the coalition planes have been launching air raids on the movements and positions of the Houthi militia, sometimes raiding positions of the legitimate forces or causing civilian casualties.

US planes continue to raid suspected al-Qaeda positions and movements in Yemen, although the Saudi-led coalition, backed by the United States, said its operations targeted terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS, in addition to its stated objectives, to end the coup d'état and restore legitimacy in Yemen.

A German court, which ruled that Berlin should be committed to preventing the participation of the Ramstein airbase, in any strikes carried out by US aircraft in Yemen, a partial victory for the critics and victims of the strikes, in its ruling on the nullity of an appeal, filed by Yemeni relatives martyred in US drone raids In Yemen against the German government.


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