28. According to information received by OHCHR, 1,527 civilians were killed and 3,548 injured between 26 March and 30 June 2015 as a result of the conflict, including by air strikes. Of the casualties, at least 941 civilians were killed and 2,295 injured by coalition air strikes, while 508 civilians were killed and 954 injured by joint operations led by the Popular Committees and military forces loyal to former President Saleh in ground battles. Furthermore, 54 civilians were killed and 234 injured as a result of other armed confrontations between parties to the conflict, while at least 24 civilians were killed and 65 injured in attacks claimed by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, mainly in Sana’a, Aden and Taizz.
54. OHCHR was informed of reports of drone strikes in parts of the country with allegations of civilian casualties. The attacks are believed to have been conducted by joint forces of the United States of America and Yemen as part of a campaign against Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. OHCHR received reliable information indicating that as many as 40 civilians, including a child, may have been killed during the period under review as a result of drone attacks in Al-Baida, Al-Jawf, Marib and Shabwah. According to a Yemeni non-governmental organization, a one-year-old boy and two adults were killed on 26 January 2015 after a Yemeni Air Force drone struck a vehicle at Huraib (in Marib Governorate). The victims were in a car reportedly suspected of transporting members of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. No official investigation had been conducted at the end of the period under review.
"Estoy absolutamente convencido de que las operaciones con drones que estamos acostumbrados a ver en lugares como Yemen emplean un protocolo de seguridad distinto, puesto que se trata de objetivos antiterroristas y se les considera como objetivos más valiosos", declaró Woods a VICE News. "Eso coloca a los civiles en una situación de mayor peligro. La mayor abundancia de bajas civiles en las operaciones antiterroristas se explican porque se entiende que los objetivos contra los que van dirigidas son una amenaza para la seguridad de Estados Unidos. En tales casos, se observa una menor preocupación por los daños colaterales".
"Las cifras de la ONU son profundamente preocupantes", comenta Woods. "Sucede una y otra vez que los asesinatos de civiles infligidos por los estadounidenses demuestran ser completamente contraproducentes a largo plazo. Sus intereses estratégicos en la zona se verán comprometidos".