A US Predator drone firing a Hellfire missile (file photo)
Source: Press TV
Thirty-five people have been killed in the latest non-UN-sanctioned US assassination drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.
On Friday, US drones fired several missiles targeting areas in Yemen's southeastern province of al-Bayda, killing 20 people, while 15 people were killed in attacks in Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a local security official said that the number of casualties announced in the Jabra area of Yemen’s al-Bayda governorate was based on an initial security report from the targeted area.
The official added that more than two US drones were still striking several areas in three villages outside al-Bayda city.
In Pakistan, at least 15 people were killed and three were injured in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan.
Some sources said missiles fired from the US aircraft landed on a vehicle, while others said they targeted a house.
Dozens of people have lost their lives in CIA-operated assassination drone attacks in Pakistan since the beginning of 2012.
Washington claims that its airstrikes target militants crossing the Afghanistan border, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims of the non-UN-sanctioned strikes.
Pakistanis have held many demonstrations to condemn the United States’ violations of their national sovereignty.