At least 18 people have been killed in a second US drone attack on Tuesday in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region of North Waziristan, bringing to 25 the number of fatalities in the two unauthorized strikes in a single day.
The non-UN-sanctioned attack targeted a house and a vehicle in the Dari Nashtar area of North Waziristan, a Press TV correspondent reported. The number of missiles fired during the US attack is not yet clear.
Hours earlier, a US drone fired four missiles at Barmal area of tribal South Waziristan in northwestern Pakistan, killing seven people and injuring four others, according to a Press TV report.
The non-UN-sanctioned attacks comes a day after another deadly US drone strike in the same region that killed at least 25 people. Initial reports had put the number of fatalities in the Monday attack at 10, but local officials later said the number of those killed had reached 25.
There has been a significant rise in the frequency of the US drone attacks on Pakistan’s tribal areas, which has sparked criticism among Pakistani officials and nation.
Despite Islamabad’s calls on US to halt its unauthorized strikes, the newly appointed US Secretary of State, Leon Panetta threatened on Saturday to continue and intensify unauthorized American drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, in what he claimed as efforts to hunt down al-Qaeda leaders.
US military officials persistently claim that the airstrikes target militants, but most of the attacks have, in fact, resulted in civilian casualties.
NABLUS — Israeli forces destroyed water wells and water pumps in several villages in the Jordan Valley on Tuesday.
The villages of Al-Nasaryah, Al-Akrabanyah and Beit Hassan, all situated in the Jordan Valley, had water pumps and engines confiscated. The equipment was used by farmers in the villages.
Nabil Jawda, Muhammad Wahdan, and Najih Zaid all had property destroyed, Ziad told Ma’an.
The coordinator for the Save the Valley Campaign, Fathi Khuderat, said the villages were located in Area A of the Jordan Valley, which according to the Oslo agreements should be under full Palestinian civil and security control.
The vast majority of the Jordan Valley, however, is classified as Area C, with full Israeli control over security, planning and construction, and Israel has taken various measures to stifle the growth of Palestinian communities while promoting settlements in the region, rights groups say.
Khuderat noted that the Jordan Valley is rich agricultural land, with many Palestinian families earning a livelihood from agriculture.
He added that the destruction of wells, which are the only source of income for some Palestinian families, is devastating and a serious violation of the right of Palestinians to live in dignity on their land.