UN urges US, Yemen to explain drone casualties
December 28, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
GENEVA--United Nations human rights experts told the United States and Yemen on Thursday to say whether they were complicit in drone attacks that mistakenly killed civilians in wedding processions this month.
The independent experts questioned the legitimacy of drone attacks under international law and said the governments should reveal what targeting procedures were used.
Local security officials said on Dec. 12 that 15 people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al-Qaida convoy.
The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources said that it was a drone.
Stressing the need for accountability and payment to victims' families, the U.N. statement issued in Geneva said that two attacks, on two separate wedding processions, killed 16 and wounded at least 10 people.