Reuters reports that Mohammed Saleh Qayed Taeiman, a sixth grade student aged about 12, was one of three people killed in the latest U.S. drone strike east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
A tribal leader told Reuters that Taeiman was an AQAP militant. Another tribal leader said he was about 15 years old, but the Yemeni National Organisation for Drone Victims (NODV) said “He was in sixth grade, so his age was between about 11-13 years old,” NODV head Mohammed al-Qawli added that Taeiman had recently been treated at a Yemeni government military hospital in Sanaa after he was kicked by a camel.
Mohammed’s father and brother had been killed in an earlier attack.
Mohammed’s cousin Hussein Taeiman, in Cairo spoke to RT: “Mohammed was like any child, he was studying in school and staying in house. His father was killed about four years ago. He was eight then and didn’t understand. He lost his father’s love and upbringing but didn’t have vengeful feelings. He was just a child. Mohammed was very joyful. The happiest kid in the village.”
“He was murdered by US drones for no reason…he was in sixth grade in primary school. What would he do? No one had a legal justification to get him killed.”