At least five people have been killed in airstrikes carried out by a US assassination drone in southern Yemen.
The attacks, which targeted a convoy of two pick-up trucks, took place in the eastern suburbs of Lahij province on Saturday, a local security official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
"Two air strikes were launched by a US aircraft and completely destroyed two cars carrying suspected al-Qaida members in the valley of Bana in Lahij’s suburbs, and killed five. Some of the dead were believed to be foreign nationals," the source said.
Since July 28, the United States has carried out at least nine drone attacks, killing nearly 40 people in the country.
The US, which is the only country that has drones in the region, has launched numerous drone attacks in Yemen that have killed many innocent civilians over the past few years.
Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned airstrikes.
The United States has come under fire for increasing its drone attacks in the Arab country.
Yemenis have held many demonstrations to condemn the United States’ violations of their national sovereignty.