On Thursday, a US drone fired several missiles into a convoy of vehicles travelling to a wedding party in central Yemen, killing at least 17 people.
Most of those killed were civilians of the Al-Tays and Al-Ameri – which are part of the large and heavily armed Qayfah tribe.
Yemen is the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden and the home base of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which the United States views as the global jihadist network’s most dangerous franchise.
The official Saba news agency reported on Dec 16, 2013, after the parliament held a session on Sunday, that lawmakers had voted to ban drone strikes in Yemen and stressed “the importance of protecting all citizens from any aggression” and “the importance of preserving the sovereignty of Yemeni air space”.
Following many demonstrations to condemn the violation of Yemen’s national sovereignty
The drone strike triggered protests across Yemen. Relatives of the people killed blocked roads, calling on the government to adopt measures to halt the drone strikes and demanding an official apology as well as compensation.
Civilian deaths: According to the *Washington-based think tank the New America Foundation, US drone attacks in the Yemen almost tripled last year, surging from 18 to 53 (here?). US officials claim that the attacks target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned airstrikes — which have also been launched against locations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia.Sources http://news.yahoo.com/yemen-parliament-bans-drone-attacks-194832509.html http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920925000475 http://natsec.newamerica.net/ .