Yemen Parliament Banned use of US Drones

Dec 16, 2013 18:03 IST

The Yemen Parliament on 15 December 2013 banned the use of US drones in the country after dozens of civilians were killed by the unmanned aircraft.

In this regard an anti-drone motion was passed by Yemen’s parliament on 15 December 2013. The Parliament also stressed the importance of protecting innocent citizens from any airstrike as well as preserving Yemen's sovereignty.

The decision by the Yemeni parliament to ban the use of US drones comes after one of the unmanned aircrafts mistakenly hit a wedding convey in Al - Bayda province, killing 17 Yemeni civilians and wounding about 21 others on 12 December 2013. It was the second airstrike mistake in a week after a US drone killed at least four people traveling on a road in the eastern province of Hadramout on 9 December 2013.

image The United States has stepped up drone strikes in Yemen as part of a campaign against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot has carried out a series of attacks in Yemen targeting state institutions, the military and foreign missions in the country. However, the US drone strikes have mistakenly hit civilian targets several times in the past two years. The Yemeni people staged several rallies this year to demand an end to the US drone strikes in the country.

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