Members of Yemen's armed forces attend to the wounded

Yemen suicide bomber kills 90

A suicide bomber in army uniform killed more than 90 soldiers in Yemen during a the rehearsal for a military parade.

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Civilians 'between drones, armed groups and the army'

Amnesty International has called on the US government to "come clean" about the number of unmanned aircraft or drone attacks they are carrying out in north-west Pakistan.

The grandchildren of Mamana Bibi, killed in a drone attack according to her family, play with debris from drones on their land.
The grandchildren of Mamana Bibi, killed in a drone attack according to her family, play with debris from drones on their land. Credit: Amnesty International

In a scathing report that accuses the US of unlawful killing of civilians that could amount to war crimes, Amnesty said many civilians are being caught in the cross fire of an increasingly dangerous armed conflict waged between US drones, armed al-Qaeda linked groups and the Pakistani army.

The debris of a drone attack that landed on the farm of farmer in the tribal regions of north-west Pakistan.
The debris of a drone attack that landed on the farm of farmer in the tribal regions of north-west Pakistan. Credit: Amnesty International

The secrecy surrounding the nature as well as the number of attacks taking place means that victims are left without the possibly of compensation, and Pakistani authorities have been accused of neglecting the human rights of residents across the tribal regions, leading to ever-greater instability.

US accused of war crimes in major drone studies

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.

The family of Mamana Bibi hold her picture. The family said she was killed in front of her grandchildren, as she picked vegetables. Credit: Amnesty International

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.

Ahmad al-Sabooli holds the picture of his father, mother and sister killed by a drone in Sarar, Yemen, September 2 last year.
Ahmad al-Sabooli holds the picture of his father, mother and sister killed by a drone in Sarar, Yemen, September 2 last year. Credit: Letta Tayler/Human Rights Watch

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.

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German embassy employee 'shot dead' in Yemen

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.

Attack came as Yemeni PM was returning home

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.

Yemen's Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa Credit: Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

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.

Yemeni officer: 'Bomb was planted in vehicle'

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."

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British Embassy in Yemen to reopen after threat closure

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:

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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.

UK ambassador returns to Yemen

The UK's ambassador to Yemen, Jane Marriott, has confirmed her return to the country on Twitter:

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@hmamichaelaron Looking to reopen the Embassy in the next couple of days. Watch this space...

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