Images of missile and cluster munitions suggest US involvement in fatal attack in Yemen

Amnesty International has released images of a US-manufactured cruise missile that carried cluster munitions, apparently taken following an attack on an alleged al-Qaida training camp in in the Abyan area in the south of Yemen on 17 December 2009. The attack killed 41 local residents, including 14 women and 21 children, and 14 alleged members of al-Qaida.

The Yemeni government has said its forces alone carried out the attack. Shortly after the attack some US media reported alleged statements by unnamed US government sources who said that US cruise missiles launched on presidential orders had been fired at two alleged al-Qa’ida sites in Yemen.

“Based on the evidence provided by these photographs, the US government must disclose what role it played in the al-Ma’jalah attack, and all governments involved must show what steps they took to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries,” said Philip Luther, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.


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