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Yemen government compensates airstrike victims

Saturday - 12/14/2013, 3:49pm  ET

Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A Yemeni tribal leader and a military official say the government has compensated families of airstrike victims in a central city to end their protest.

Tribal leader Mohammed Nasser, one of the mediators between the families and the government, said Saturday the government paid nearly $140,000 to the families of 15 civilians killed in the Thursday airstrike in central Radda city.

A government security committee said the strike was targeting an al-Qaida van that hid in a civilian convoy. Nasser said the government also gave the families 100 guns, in keeping with tribal traditions.

A military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, confirmed the agreement. He said the government also warned the families against giving refuge to al-Qaida.

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