Reveal civilian casualties of drone attacks: UN to US

The United Nations has called on the U.S. to reveal the number of civilian casualties it believes have been caused by drone strikes targeting Islamic militants in various countries

hidden October 18, 2013 19:05:07 IST
Reveal civilian casualties of drone attacks: UN to US

Islamabad: The United Nations has called on the U.S. to reveal the number of civilian casualties it believes have been caused by drone strikes targeting Islamic militants in various countries.

Reveal civilian casualties of drone attacks UN to US

Us drones. Reuters image

The U.N. says that preliminary information gathered for a report released Friday indicated that more than 450 civilians may have been killed in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. It says more work needs to be done to confirm these figures.

The report, which was written by U.N. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, says the U.S. and other countries that use drones have an obligation to investigate reported civilian casualties and clarify their legal justifications for the attacks.

The U.S. provides very little public information about its drone program, especially in Pakistan and Yemen, where the CIA is involved in the attacks.

AP

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