At 2:30AM on 29th January, 2017, US forces landed a few kilometers away from the village of Yakla. Residents of the village noticed that phone coverage ceased completely. Then airstrikes began—including the bombing of a medical unit, school, and a mosque in the village. Statements collected by Reprieve and partners on the ground suggest that after the drone strikes, approximately 50 US soldiers entered the village.
Innocent people killed in the raid included:
- Ten children
- An 80 year-old tribal elder
- Abdullah Mabkhot Al-Ameri, who narrowly escaped death in 2013 when a US drone strike hit his wedding.
The US forces entered the village and met 12-year-old Ahmed Abdullah Al-Dhahab, who asked who they were. They shot Ahmed, killing him on the spot.
US forces then stormed a small house belong to the Al-Ameri family and opened fire, killing three more children: Khadija, 7, Hussein, 5, and Aisha, 4. Hussein and Aisha’s father, Mohammed, was also killed.
Mohammed’s father, 62 year-old Abdullah Mabkhot Al-Ameri, was shot by US forces after running toward his son’s house. Abdullah was later found dead, still in his pajamas, clutching a blood-soaked headtorch.
As the US forces approached her home, Fateem Al-Ameri, mother of seven, ran away, carrying her two-year-old son Mohammed in her arms. She was shot in the back and fell forward. Mohammed survived but was only found the next morning when Fateem’s body was moved; his face was covered in his mother’s blood.
The US forces then fired a missile into a third house which caused the house to catch fire, trapping five-year-old Halima Hussein Al-Aifa Al-Ameri inside, where she died.
A second US missile was fired at another house, causing the ceiling to collapse. The debris killed a 3-month-old girl, Ehsan Fahad Ali Al-Ameri, in her cot.
Grandmother Dhabia Ali Abdullah Al-Ameri and her two grandchildren – ten-year-old Mursil, and 12-year old Khaled – were fatally hit by US gunfire while fleeing their home.
The SEALs then advanced on the house of Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, where they were reportedly met with gunfire. Abdul-Raouf, his brother Sultan, and an eighty-year-old tribal elder, Saif Al-Jawfi, were killed, as was eight-year-old Nawar al-Awlaki and her mother.
US SEAL Chief Petty Officer William ‘Ryan’ Owens was also killed, while two more US service members were injured when their helicopter “landed hard.” The US team then used a missile to destroy the helicopter, to prevent it from “fall[ing] into enemy hands.” 
The raid decimated the village and destroyed the livelihoods of its inhabitants. Numerous houses were completely destroyed, and more than 120 goats, sheep and donkeys killed.
 Media reports have confirmed the use of drones in this operation. See Yemen Al Qaeda: U.S. Commandos Raid Stronghold, BBC, 29 January 2017; U.S. Commando Killed in Yemen in Trump’s First Counterterrorism Operation, New York Times, 29 January 2017.
 The Wedding that became a funeral: US still silent one year on from deadly Yemen drone strike, Newsweek, 12 December 2014.
 Donald Trump’s First U.S. Military Raid ‘Kills 30 Civilians, Including 10 Women and Children,’ Independent, 30 January 2017.
 In a Deadly Yemen Raid, a Lesson for Trump’s National Security Team, Washington Post, 31 January 2017.