Trump’s Yemen raid led to 23 civilian deaths - Demand an independent investigation now
Earlier this year, President Trump ordered a military raid in Yemen. The raid was reckless, violated international law, and led to an appalling loss of life.
The raid was approved by President Trump casually over dinner, despite concerns about the quality of the intelligence behind it. While President Trump continues to call the raid a “win”, senior officials in his administration have said the raid produced “no significant intelligence” and that “almost everything went wrong” on the night in question. Our research has so far revealed that as many as 23 civilians were killed in this raid, including 10 children aged 12 years and under, an 80 year old man, and several women.
The Trump Administration recently conducted a secret internal review of this incident. The review contradicted eyewitness accounts, labelled innocent children as combatants, and underestimated the number of deaths. The review concluded that there were no lapses in judgement surrounding the operation. This is simply not good enough.
Reprieve US are now demanding an independent public investigation to:
1. Investigate the extent of civilian deaths, and establish what reparations are to be made
2. Investigate the planning and decision making process behind the raid
This is even more important now, as last week it emerged that President Trump has loosened the rules of targeted killing to give him freedom to conduct more attacks like this, in secret and without congressional oversight. Now is the time to show him we are watching.
Only by carrying out an independent investigation can we begin to repair the damage, and make sure that this catastrophe is never repeated
Join our call for an independent public investigation now