The report Death Falling from the Sky, Civilian Harm from the United States’ Use of Lethal Force in Yemen, provides detailed information regarding 12 operations carried out by the United States in Yemen between January 2017 and January 2019. The 12 incidents in this report include ten airstrikes, all conducted with unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), and two ground raids in five Yemeni governorates—Abyan, Al Bayda, Shabwah, Hadramawt and Ma’rib.
At least 38 Yemeni civilians, including 13 children, six women, and 19 men, were killed in these operations. At least seven civilians, including six children, five of whom were under the age of ten, and one man, were injured. Civilians were going about their everyday lives—driving to visit friends, bringing food to their families, sleeping in their homes—when killed or injured. These US operations also caused other forms of deep and long-lasting civilian harm. In only one of the documented incidents has the US acknowledged any resulting civilian harm.
Author: Mwatana for Human Rights
Date: March, 2021