US Drone Strike Kills Six in Yemen
The latest attack targeted a vehicle in a rural area of the country close to the capital Sanaa. “The vehicle was totally destroyed and the corpses were burned beyond recognition,” a local source told Reuters.
Yemen is home to one of the most active national cells of al Qaeda. In 2011 the group took control of large parts of the country during anti-government unrest, but where subsequently pushed back in a US-backed offensive last June.
Although the government of Yemen tolerates US drone strikes on its soil, public opinion is firmly against them. Many ordinary Yemenis believe that the strikes often kill civilians, and anger is running high. Armed tribesmen have taken to the streets in protest twice already this year, most recently on Saturday when they blocked a main road between Maarib and Sanaa.