US drone attack kills 3 people in southern Yemen

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Yemen
Wednesday, 31 August 2016

A US drone strike has claimed the lives of three people in southern Yemen, local sources say as the country is witnessing a deadly Saudi military aggression.

An unnamed security official said the drone attack hit a vehicle carrying the three, who were claimed to be suspected al-Qaeda militants, in the eastern suburbs of Ataq, the capital city of Shabwah province, on Tuesday.

An unidentified tribal source also said that one of the suspected militants was killed instantly while the remaining two, who were also injured in the attack, succumbed to their wounds later.

On Wednesday, drone strikes killed seven people who were also claimed to be al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen's south and east.

The al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has taken advantage of the chaos and breakdown of security in Yemen to tighten its grip on the southern and southeastern parts of the crisis-hit country.

The US carries out drone attacks in Yemen and several other countries, including Pakistan and Afghanistan. Washington claims its drones target al-Qaeda militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the attacks.

The drone attacks in Yemen have continued alongside the Saudi military aggression against the Arab country.

Yemen has seen almost daily military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March 2015, with the UN putting the toll at 10,000. The offensive was launched to crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement and its allies and reinstate the resigned president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The Houthis took state matters in their own hands after the resignation and escape of Hadi, which threw Yemen into a state of uncertainty and threatened a total security breakdown there.

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