US drone strikes in Yemen : Strikes and casualties | Trend |

 

areppim chart and statistics of the US drone strikes in Yemen. On 24 January 2013, US drone strikes have killed between 374 and 1,112 people, of which 16% are civilians, among whom 20%  are children.

On 24 January 2013, the US have killed a huge number of people in Yemen — between 374 and 1,112 fatalities — in a covert drone war that is being put in overdrive. The so-called US war on terror looks increasingly like a war of terror, aimed at instilling panic fear among the civilian population by means of direct, deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians, who make 16% of the killed, including a large percentage of children (20% of the total civilians). No stretch of imagination can provide a sensible justification for such a murderous campaign, undertaken against the basic right to human life, and in violation of all provisions of international laws.

The estimates are conservative, based on field research made by investigative journalists who cautiously discriminate between confirmed and validated casualties, and other cases that could not be hundred percent corroborated. Obviously, the US administration should be able to provide the real numbers — however, in spite of insistent requests, including appeals to civil courts, by the press and civil rights associations, authorities decline to supply any details on the subject.

 

US Drone War in Yemen¹
Casualties 2002 - 2013

 

Lower limit

Upper limit

Confirmed drone strikes4252
Possible extra drone strikes7793
Total reported killed3741,112
Total civilians killed72178
Children killed2737
¹ Status as of 24 January 2013.

 

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areppim chart and statistics of the US drone strikes in Yemen. The United States have increased the number of drone strikes in Yemen at the annual rate of 63%, increasing the number of confirmed killings at the annual rate of 51%

US authorities are putting the Yemen covert drone war in overdrive. The number of drone strikes has grown at an annual average rate of 63%, or a doubling period of 1.4 year, and the confirmed killings grew at the rate of 51.2%, a doubling period of 1.7 year. At these rates, the Yemen covert war may soon become a large-scale armed conflict, bound to raise a host of problems, military, political, diplomatic, legal and of other types.

Trends of US drone war in Yemen¹
20022013

Year

Drone strikes

Drone killings

Confirmed

Possible

Total

Cumulative

Confirmed

Cumulative

2001000000
2002101166
2003000106
2004000106
2005000106
2006000106
2007000106
2008000106
200930348894
20102461013107
20111316293982189
2012266187126185374
20130881340374
Total4589134 374 
Average annual growth rate (2002-2012)  63.20% 51.17% 
¹ Status as of 24 January 2013.

 

Sources: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

 

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