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Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:53PM
A US assassination drone (file photo)

A US assassination drone (file photo)

At least three people have been killed in US assassination drone attacks in the northern Yemeni province of Sa'ada as Washington continues its illegal air strikes using unmanned planes in the country. According to tribal sources, the victims were killed after a US drone hit three separate targets in Wadi al-Abu Jabara, some 250 kilometers north of the Yemeni capital, on Sunday, AFP reported. The attack comes four days after rockets fired from a US drone killed at least seven people near the southern Yemeni city of Jaar in Abyan province. People of Sa'ada have released several statements denouncing the presence of unmanned US drones flying over their country in recent weeks. Washington uses its assassination drones in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Somalia, claiming that they target the terrorists while the attacks mostly led to massive civilian casualties. The United Nations has censured the US drone attacks as targeted killings, stressing that they flout international law. According to a recent report by Yemen’s National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms, over 300 people have been killed in US drone attacks carried out in the southern regions of the country so far in 2012. Reports, however, say that the CIA is seeking to expand its covert drone attacks in Yemen, despite the fact that the airstrikes mostly result in civilian casualties. HM/PKH
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