Al-Majalah camp attack

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AL-Majalah missile strikes
Part of al-Qaeda insurgency in Yemen
Date 17 December 2009
Location al-Majalah, Abyan Governorate, Yemen
Result Large number of civilians killed
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,[1][2][3] 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.[4]

The attack[edit]

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,[2][3] including 14 women and 21 children. Yemeni forces also carried out raids in Sana'a (arresting 13) and Arhab (killing 4 and arresting 4).

US involvement[edit]

According to ABC News, American cruise missiles were also part of the raids.[5][6] The U.S. denied they were involved in the strikes, despite accusations from Amnesty International.[7]


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.[4]

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.[4]

In Media[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Abdulelah Haider Shaye a prominent Yemeni journalist who was jailed after reporting US involvement in the attack.


  1. ^ "Yemen drones strikes cause civilians to 'fear the US as much as al-Qaeda'". The Daily Telegraph (London). October 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hugh MacLeod and Nasser Arrabyee (January 3, 2010). "Yemeni air attacks on al-Qaida fighters risk mobilising hostile tribes". The Guardian (London). 
  3. ^ a b Raghavan, Sudarsan (2009-12-18). "Yemen asserts 34 rebels killed in raid on Qaeda". The Washington Post (The Boston Globe). Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  4. ^ a b c Hauslohner, Abigail (December 22, 2009). "Despite U.S. Aid, Yemen Faces Growing al-Qaeda Threat". Time. 
  5. ^ "Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Yemen Terrorists". December 18, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Images of missile and cluster munitions point to US role in fatal attack in Yemen".