Al-Majalah camp attack
|AL-Majalah missile strikes|
|Part of al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen|
|Casualties and losses|
|24-50 killed, including 14 women and 21 children|
The al-Majalah camp attack occurred on December 17, 2009, United States fired Tomahawk cruise missiles at an alleged training camp in Al-Majalah, Abyan, killing 24–50, including 14 women and 21 children.
Since 2006, al-Qaeda had managed to regroup and grow stronger as Yemen's government struggles to hold on to its territory amid multiple rebellions and rising poverty.
The al-Majalah camp attack took place on December 17, 2009, when Yemeni ground forces attacked an alleged training camp in Al-Majalah, Abyan, killing 24–50, including 14 women and 21 children. Yemeni forces also carried out raids in Sana'a (arresting 13) and Arhab (killing 4 and arresting 4).
A primary target in the attacks — Qasim al-Raymi, the al-Qaeda leader who was believed to be behind a 2007 bombing in central Yemen, that killed seven Spanish tourists and two Yemenis — survived the attack.
Reports of a U.S. role, and mass civilian casualties at the sites of the attacks, have sparked a public outcry and added to anti-American sentiments across the country.
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