Yemen lawmakers ban drone strikes

AFP-JIJI

Yemen’s legislature passed a law Sunday banning drone strikes, Saba news agency said, days after one such attack reportedly hit a wedding motorcade and killed civilians.

The U.S. military operates all unmanned aircraft flying over Yemen in support of Sanaa’s campaign against al-Qaida, and has killed dozens of militants in an intensified campaign this year.

On Thursday a drone attack in Rada, in the central province of Bayda, killed 17 people, mostly civilians, in a wedding motorcade, triggering protests in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

The Supreme Security Committee, headed by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, issued a statement Friday insisting that the strike had targeted a car belonging to a leader of al-Qaida. The statement did not give a death toll for the strike, nor refer to any civilian casualties or acknowledge that the attack was launched by a U.S. drone.