US Drone Strikes Kill Eight in Southern Yemen

Six 'Suspects' Killed in First Strike, Two Rescuers Killed in Second

At least eight people were killed today in the Abyan Province, when a US drone launched multiple attacks at the convoy of vehicles outside of the town of Mahfad.

The six people killed in the initial strike were all dubbed “suspects,” and none of their identities are known. Two other people were killed who attempted to pull wounded people from the wreckage in additional strikes, and three wounded are said to have survived.

US drone strikes have become increasingly common against Yemen, fueling anger among locals who say that the strikes, endorsed by the Hadi government, are killing as many bystanders as al-Qaeda.

The US doesn’t generally discuss its attacks in Yemen or elsewhere, except on the rare occasions when a named militant is killed. That is rarely the case, however, and most of the victims are never identified.

Author: Jason Ditz

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