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Human Rights Watch accuses US of killing civilians in Yemen

February 11, 2014 at 11:47 am

American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks, purported to be targeting Al-Qaeda operatives, have killed dozens of civilians in Yemen, Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed on Tuesday.

In a detailed report consisting of 96 pages, the organisation documented six American drone attacks in Yemen not previously recognized by the US government. These attacks, HRW said, either violated or may have violated international law.

According to the report, 82 Yemenis, including 57 civilians, were killed in those six attacks. One of the attacks took place in 2009, and the other five took place in 2012 and 2013.

The HRW report on Yemen coincides with another report by Amnesty International, also published on Tuesday, that reveals facts about American UAV attacks in Pakistan.