US raid on Yemen ‘kills 30 al-Qaeda suspects and 10 civilians’

A US raid in Yemen at dawn on Sunday killed 30 suspected Al-Qaeda militants, including three prominent figures, and 10 civilians, a provincial official said. The military operation was the first attributed to the United States against jihadists in Yemen since President Donald Trump took office on January 20. Seven women and three children were among those killed in the raid on Yakla district in the central province of Baida, said the official, who did not want to be named, and tribal sources. Earlier, tribal and sources in the region said the raid targeted the houses of three tribal chiefs linked to Al-Qaeda, adding that a number of civilians were also killed. But the provincial official said Apache helicopters targeted also a school, mosque and a medical facility used by Al-Qaeda militants.