Yemen wedding convoy strike highlights civilian drone war toll
SANAA (AFP) - A drone strike on a wedding convoy in Yemen killed 17 people, mostly civilians, medical and security sources said on Friday, adding grist to mounting criticism of the US drone war.
"Some" of the dead in Thursday's strike near the central town of Rada were suspected members of Al-Qaeda, but the rest were all civilians with no connection to the jihadist network, a security official said.
The death toll from the two-missile strike rose to 17 overnight, said a medical source in the Bayda province town.
Two of the dead whose names were released - Saleh al-Tays and Abdullah al-Tays - had figured in the past on Yemeni government lists of wanted Al-Qaeda suspects.