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article imageOrganization formed in Yemen to stop drone attacks

By Ken Hanly     Apr 4, 2014 in Politics
Sanaa - The National Organization for Drone Victims has been established by families of drone victims along with human rights activists in Yemen. The group is seeking to end the US drone program in Yemen.
The group seeks to make the drone strikes in Yemen illegal and also to prosecute any official who supports the drone policy. The Yemeni president Mansour Hadi is a strong supporter of the program and a loyal ally of the United States. Recently Hadi told news media that drone strikes "have greatly helped in limiting al-Qaida activities, despite some mistakes which we are sorry about,"
Mohammad al-qwali an anti-drone activist said: “Today, we launch the start of this new organization which will be the starting point for us to get justice and to take legal measures on a national and international scale against anyone who is aiding these crimes,” The organization claims that there were 13 drone operations carried out in March that killed over 20 Yemenis.
Just on Tuesday, April 1st, at least 3 Al Qaeda suspects were reported killed by local officials in the southern province of Abyan as well as four others wounded. Critics of the program claim that not only militants are killed in the attacks but civilians as well. In December 2013, a drone strike hit a wedding party in the southeastern province of al-Bayda, killing 11 civilians and wounding 21 as discussed on the appended video. On December 15, 2013 the Yemeni parliament condemned drone strikes within Yemen and also passed a law banning them but the law has no effect without the agreement of the president who supports the strikes. Human Rights watch claimed last October that the Yemen attacks have led to the deaths of many civilians in Yemen and are a blatant violation of international law.
No official tallies are published of the number killed by US drone strikes in Yemen but a US think tank The New America Foundation estimates that roughly 608 to 793 militants have been killed altogether and 78 to 84 civilians. Last year the National Dialogue Conference voted to criminalize drone strikes but so far the government has done nothing to implement either that decision or the parliamentary motion.
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