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Yemen: Anger as 13 Civilians Killed by US Drone Strike

Written by Noon Arabia On 4 September 2012 @ 9:20 am | 8 Comments

In Digital Activism, English, International Relations, Media & Journalism, Middle East & North Africa, Politics, U.S.A., War & Conflict, Weblog, Yemen

Another US drone attack struck Yemen on Sunday in Al-Baydha, targeting the usual “suspected” militants. In what has now become a recurring theme, the target missed and according to local reports [1] 13 civilians, including three women, were killed.

Josh Begly, who developed an application that tracks US drones which Apple had rejected [2], tweets:

@joshbegley: [3] In the 6 days since Apple rejected my Drones+ app, there have been 5 days of drone strikes in Yemen & Pakistan.

Journalist Iona Craig, who works in Yemen, notes:

@ionacraig [4]: What this should say: ‘US drone strike misses target, kills three women': http://bit.ly/PBj8gN [5] #Yemen

She tweets a Yemeni official's reaction:

‏@ionacraig [6]: US signature strikes in #Yemen:”We're still investigating who these men are & in what way they were linked to al Qaeda” http://bit.ly/R9QmTg [7]

Netizens were baffled by the conflicting reports, which initially stated that the attack was by a US drone then somehow the story changed to a Yemeni war plane instead.
Glen Greenwald, a columnist for the Guardian, asks:

@ggreenwald [8]: Was the civilian-killing attack in Yemen on Sunday from a US drone (http://is.gd/sVTw5d [9] ) or a Yemeni war plane (http://is.gd/wi8McU [10] )?

He later clarifies:

‏@ggreenwald [11]: @ionacraig Reuters is now also claiming it's a Yemeni plane, citing officials and “residents” http://is.gd/YJ60AI [12]

Iona Craig replies:

@ionacraig [13]: @ggreenwald Unsurprising Reuters call it US drone when saying militants killed: http://bit.ly/OLsxlb [14] switch to Yemeni when civilians dead.

However, Micah Zenko points:

@MicahZenko [15]: It was a US drone strike that killed 13 civilians in #Yemen, 3 Yemeni officials tell @HakimAlmasmari bit.ly/REJ4HJ [16]

Yet, Yemeni Twitter users are all too familiar with this kind of stories. Ibrahim Mothana tweeted an article about a Wikileaks cable which exposed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's secret deal to let US launch missile attacks on Al Qaeda, but claim that they were Yemeni attacks.

@imothanaYemen: [17]

Wondering how a US drones turns into Yemeni warplanes?! http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/03/wikileaks-yemen-us-attack-al-qaida [18] … #Yemen

A Yemeni investigative journalist, Abdul Ilah Shayi, was jailed [19] after claiming US involvement in a missile attack in Al-Ma'jala which killed 55 people. He was due to be released under a presidential decree on February 1, 2011, but was kept in detention as a result of direct pressure from the White House after president Obama's phone call [20] to Saleh.

Yemenis have expressed their anger [21] and objection [22] towards US drone strikes in Yemen.

@aliaeshaq [23]: 11 civilians killed in the latest drone strike in Baida, #Yemen. Say NO to drones! The world has to know these are human beings! #NoDrones

@al3ini: [24] No #drones … They kill Yemenis without legal justification #Yemen

@Ulfatak [25]: I'm a civilian. You're a civilian. 1 civilian death is 1 too many. #US #Drones #Yemen

@imothanaYemen: [26] Brennan's “legal, ethical, and wise” drone strikes in Yemen just killed 13 civilians, including 3 women & 3 kids http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/03/world/meast/yemen-drone-strike/ [16] #US

@Sarah_Sanaa: [27] Dear #Americans do u know how #Obama is protecting u? By killing more #Yemen -is do u think their kids will grow 2 want peace? #Drones #US

A #NoDrones [28] campaign was launched in May and Yemeni Twitter users are once again using the hashtag #Nodrones [29] to express their anger and demand an end to US strikes in Yemen.


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URLs in this post:

[1] local reports: http://www.yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=5926&MainCat=3

[2] Apple had rejected: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/drone-app

[3] @joshbegley:: https://twitter.com/joshbegley/status/242422689959137280

[4] @ionacraig: https://twitter.com/ionacraig/status/242291273363488768

[5] http://bit.ly/PBj8gN: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hRmaS4yJEDmBboeO_5mTpq6H8atg?docId=CNG.07748a4305236cb85a1e484e8022dcba.a81

[6] ‏@ionacraig: https://twitter.com/ionacraig/status/242306030518820864

[7] http://bit.ly/R9QmTg: http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFBRE88106O20120902

[8] @ggreenwald: https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/242570858340679680

[9] http://is.gd/sVTw5d: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/09/201292165153495957.html

[10] http://is.gd/wi8McU: http://news.yahoo.com/yemen-drone-kills-alleged-tanker-attacker-112420355.html

[11] ‏@ggreenwald: https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/242597089593393152

[12] http://is.gd/YJ60AI: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-al-yemen-strikebre882074-20120903,0,6393662.story

[13] @ionacraig: https://twitter.com/ionacraig/status/242600784200597504

[14] http://bit.ly/OLsxlb: http://bit.ly/OLsxlb

[15] @MicahZenko: https://twitter.com/MicahZenko/status/242745924101734401

[16] bit.ly/REJ4HJ: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/03/world/meast/yemen-drone-strike/

[17] @imothanaYemen:: https://twitter.com/imothanaYemen/status/242612543481319424

[18] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/03/wikileaks-yemen-us-attack-al-qaida: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/03/wikileaks-yemen-us-attack-al-qaida

[19] jailed: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/yemeni-journalist-jailed-after-alleging-us-involvement-missile-attack-2011-01-19

[20] phone call: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/03/readout-presidents-call-president-saleh-yemen

[21] their anger: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/05/03/yemen-anger-at-expansion-of-us-drone-war/

[22] objection: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-09/04/c_131825290.htm

[23] @aliaeshaq: https://twitter.com/aliaeshaq/status/242583825962635264

[24] @al3ini:: https://twitter.com/al3ini/status/242589618103517184

[25] @Ulfatak: https://twitter.com/Ulfatak/status/242690699366105088

[26] @imothanaYemen:: https://twitter.com/imothanaYemen/status/242726925439746049

[27] @Sarah_Sanaa:: https://twitter.com/Sarah_Sanaa/status/242721573960814593

[28] #NoDrones: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/05/14/yemen-the-nodrones-campaign

[29] #Nodrones: https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23nodrones

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