US accused of carrying out 'war crimes' in Yemen and Pakistan in major drone report
The Foreign Office has updated the travel advice for countries in the Middle East in response to the increased threat in the region.
A suicide bomber in army uniform killed more than 90 soldiers in Yemen during a the rehearsal for a military parade.
The US has been accused of carrying out unlawful attacks on civilians that could amount to war crimes in Pakistan and Yemen, two scathing reports into the use of drones revealed today.
Amnesty International reviewed 45 known drone strikes that took place in North Waziristan in northwest Pakistan between January 2012 and August 2013 found evidence that a number of civilians, including an elderly woman, and a group of young labourers, were killed in attacks.
Human Rights Watch said their evaluations of six US drone strikes in Yemen found that two of the attacks killed civilians indiscriminately "in clear violations of the laws of war" and the others may have targeted people who were not legitimate targets, or caused disproportionate civilian deaths.
Both reports are based on interviews with dozens people living in areas targeted by US drones.
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are jointly calling on the US Congress to investigate the cases documented by their researchers, and disclosed any evidence of human rights violations or war crimes, and prosecute those responsible.
A German employee of the German Embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa has been shot dead by gunmen, Yemeni security officials told Reuters.
The attack is said to have taken place outside a supermarket in the city, the sources said. Two sources added that the employee had been working on the embassy' security team.
Embassy employees in Sanaa and the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin declined to comment.
Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa escaped an assassination attempt on Saturday when gunmen opened fire on his motorcade in Sanaa and then fled, an aide said.
Ali al-Sarari, an adviser to Basindwa, said no one was injured in the attack, which happened in the evening while Basindwa was returning home from his office.
The Yemen prime minister has escaped an assassination attempt by gunmen who opened fire on his motorcade, according to an aide to the PM.
Ameen Saree, an air force officer who rushed to the scene of an explosion on a bus in Sanaa, capital of Yemen, said a bomb had been planted in the vehicle.
He said: "The bomb exploded in the rear part of the bus and six of our colleagues were immediately killed.
"The rest have been injured and are being treated in hospitals."
An explosion has hit a bus carrying Yemeni air force personnel in Sanaa, causing casualties, witnesses and medics told Reuters.
At least six people have been killed and another 26 injured in the bomb blast, an officer at the scene said.
The UK's ambassador to Yemen, Jane Marriott, has announced the embassy in Sanaa has reopened but with caution at ongoing protests in the capital.
...and we're open as normal. Although mindful of a demonstration opposite us at the National Dialogue today of course.
The British Embassy in Yemen will reopen today after being closed for 12 days because of security concerns.
The UK's ambassador to the Arab country, Jane Marriott, confirmed the reopening in the capital Sanaa in a tweet yesterday:
British Embassy #Yemen open as normal from Sunday 18 August. Apologies for the brief hiatus.
The Foreign Office had withdrawn all staff from the embassy due to a high threat of kidnapping.
The UK's ambassador to Yemen, Jane Marriott, has confirmed her return to the country on Twitter:
Hello #Yemen. It's great to be back.
@hmamichaelaron Looking to reopen the Embassy in the next couple of days. Watch this space...
The UK hopes to reopen its embassy in Yemen "in the next couple of days", the UK's ambassador said as she arrived back in the country after being evacuated amid security fears.
All staff based in the capital Sana'a were temporarily brought home due to "increased security concerns" after a terror alert sparked by intercepted messages between the head of al-Qaeda and his deputy in the country about a major attack.
A number of US embassies across the Middle East and North Africa were also closed after the secret plans discussed by al Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wahishi were picked up by US intelligence officials.
The Foreign Office advises UK nationals to avoid the country.