(The Independent newspaper) Pictures have surfaced of an eight-year-old US citizen who was reportedly one of a large group civilians killed in Yemen during the first military operation authorised by U.S President Donald Trump this weekend.
A US team raided an alleged Al-Qaeda base in central Yemen on Sunday, which the Pentagon reported resulted in the deaths of 14 jihadis and one US commando. Three more commandos were injured.
The U.S did not confirm or deny reports from medics on the ground and in Yemeni media that up to 30 women and children were also killed in the raid.
Nawar Al-Awlaki, who went by Nora, was the daughter of infamous New Mexico-born al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a US drone strike in the country in 2011.
Her grandfather told local media she was hit in the neck by a bullet and bled out over two hours, telling her mother not to worry about her.
“Why kill children? This is the new US administration – it’s very sad, a big crime,” Nasser Al-Awlaki was reported as saying.
It was previously thought that the operation had already been approved by former President Barack Obama before he left office.However, a military official speaking on background told NBC News on Monday that the raid was planned and carried out by Mr Trump’s administration.