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US assassination drone strikes hit eastern Yemen

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The US has carried out a fresh assassination drone strike in Yemen’s eastern province of Hadramaut, leaving several people dead and injured.

Yemen’s Ma’reb news agency on Friday reported the latest US drone attack in the country, but did not specify the exact number of the casualties.

The incident comes after three people were killed in another US drone strike in the same province on Tuesday.

The unmanned aircraft reportedly targeted a pickup truck in the province’s Ghail Bawazeer area, some 45 kilometers (30 miles) from the provincial capital, Mukalla.

The United States has launched numerous drone attacks in Yemen that have killed many civilians over the past few years.

In October, The British-based legal action charity, Reprieve, said US drone strikes in Yemen were illegal under international law and were driving people into the arms of al-Qaeda.

The UK-based charity – which also has organizations in the United States, Australia and the Netherlands – censured the US administration for persisting in the terror drone operations, warning that the US drone policy is fuelling extremism and terrorism in the country.

In addition to Yemen, the US has been carrying out drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia.

Washington claims that the CIA-run operations targets militants as part of its so-called war on terror, but reports on the ground indicate that civilians often take the brunt of the deadly attacks.

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