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Yemenis protest botched U.S. drone strikes
2012-09-04 08:49

ADEN, Yemen, Sept. 3 -- Hundreds of Yemenis including youth activists on Monday rallied in the southeastern province of Hadramout against U.S. drone strikes in the country, demanding the government take actions to halt the killing of civilians in botched air raids, witnesses told Xinhua.

The protesters staged a massive demonstration in Hadramout, chanting slogans and displaying placards of anti-U.S. statements to protest the botched U.S. drone strikes targeting al-Qaidamilitants, witnesses and local residents said on condition of anonymity.

Four prominent tribal leaders also joined the demonstration, shouting "No for killing innocent people" and "End alliance with the U.S government," witnesses added.

On Sunday, a U.S. drone strike against al-Qaida members in central Yemen mistakenly killed at least 13 civilians, a provincial police official said.

"The U.S. drone strike missed its suspected al-Qaida target and mistakenly hit two vehicles in the Yemeni city of Radda in al- Bayda province, killing up to 13 civilians, including two women," the official told Xinhua by phone.

Yemen's southern and eastern provinces most frequently witness drone strikes targeting al-Qaida militants.

The United stateshas beefed up anti-terror cooperation with the Yemeni government since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February, after a year of political upheaval that allowed Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to capture several cities in southern Yemen.

Combating al-Qaida network in the troubled impoverished Arab country remains one of the biggest challenges confronting Hadi, who has promised to reform the army, restore security and uproot the resurgent AQAP.

Source:Xinhua Net