A sixth grade Yemeni boy was among the three victims killed by a U.S. drone strike on Monday, a human rights group has said.
The alleged CIA strike, which marked the first reported U.S. drone strike in Yemen this year, came just two days after U.S. military officials announced that the drone campaign would not by deterred by ongoing unrest in the region.
According to reports, the three victims were killed while traveling in a vehicle in central-southern Yemen near the Hareeb, Shabwa-Mareb border.
Though the deceased were reportedly members of the local militant group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), local human rights organization Yemeni National Organisation for Drone Victims (NODV) confirmed to Reuters that one of the victims, Mohammed Saleh Qayed Taeiman, was a child. “He was in sixth grade, so his age was between about 11-13 years old,” said NODV head Mohammed al-Qawli. He described him as “a normal kid.”
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