Dozens of civilians were killed in the first US military raid against Yemen authorized by President Donald Trump.
According to the residents of Yakla, an impoverished town that was targeted by the US, at least 16 civilians, including women and children, were killed in the attack in Bayda province. The raid also resulted in the death of one US commando and injured three others, Al Jazeera reported.
The Pentagon said the operation’s aim was to target al-Qaeda leaders. But a local journalist, Mujahid al-Selalee, said the raid targeted the house of, Abdulraouf al-Dhahab, a tribal leader who had repeatedly denied being a member of the armed group.
“He [Dhahab] made clear on numerous occasions that he has no ties with al-Qaeda. He denied that over and over and we know that based on those living with him,” Salalee was quoted by Al Jazeera as saying.
“One of his brothers was associated with al-Qaeda, but he was killed by a drone a while back.”
The locals said a number of children were orphaned as a result of the attack.
“These kids, they lost their parents for no reason,” a local said.
“Their mother was killed and now I am taking care of these boys and girls.”