'70% of drone strike victims civilian' major study reveals

Human Rights Watch are calling for the US government to assess the legality of drone strikes in Yemen, after their study of six such attacks found that the majority of those killed were civilians.

Hussain Jamil al-Qawli holds a picture of his 20-year-old son killed, and Muhammad al-Qawli holds a picture of his brother Ali.
Hussain Jamil al-Qawli holds a picture of his 20-year-old son killed, and Muhammad al-Qawli holds a picture of his brother Ali. Credit: Letta Tayler/Human Rights Watch

The strikes investigated by the rights group, between 2012 and 2013, found at least 57 of the 82 people killed were civilians; equivalent to 70% of the casualties.

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US drone attack 'war crimes'

The US has been accused of carrying out unlawful attacks on civilians that could amount to war crimes in Pakistan and Yemen, two major studies into the use of unmanned aircraft attacks by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said.