Three Al-Qaeda operatives killed in Yemen strike: US

The US military has killed three Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives in a strike in Yemen, officials said.

US Central Command on Friday did not provide details on how Thursday’s attack was conducted or who was killed, but said the strike occurred in the Shabwa province in central Yemen.

The United States has carried out numerous drone attacks in Yemen to counter jihadists who have exploited a power vacuum created by a conflict between the government and Houthi rebels.

A Saudi-led coalition that is militarily backing the Yemeni government has also turned its sights on the jihadists.

Meanwhile, all sides in Yemen’s 17-month old civil war have committed violations of international humanitarian law, according to a new United Nations report that will be used to determine if further sanctions should be applied in the conflict. The report seen by reporters on Friday also found terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State group were taking advantage of the power vacuum in the country to gain a growing foothold, threatening peace and stability in Yemen.

“The panel has documented violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law committed by the Houthi-Saleh forces, the Saudi Arabian-led coalition and forces affiliated to the legitimate government of Yemen,” the report said. The Houthis and forces allied with ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh seized Yemen’s capital Sanaa in September 2014, forcing the internationally recognized government to flee the country.



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