Airstrike on Camp Raises 'Grave Concerns' in Yemen
Human Rights Watch said Thursday that an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen that killed at least 29 people earlier this week "raised grave concerns about violations of the laws of war."
The group called on the forces involved in the attack to conduct an investigation, and for the United States, which is giving logistical and intelligence support, to make sure precautions are being taken to protect Yemeni civilians.
"The deaths of so many civilians in a camp with no apparent military target heightens concerns about laws-of-war violations," said Joe Stork, HRW's Middle East and North Africa director.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "deeply concerned" about the attack Monday on the Al-Mazrad camp in northern Yemen as well as other civilian casualties in Yemen.
On Wednesday, at least 35 people died in an explosion at a dairy in western Yemen. The cause of that blast has not been determined with conflicting reports about whether another airstrike or anti-government fighters were responsible.
Iranian FM Cites 'Significant Progress' in Extended Nuclear Talks
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Thursday there was "significant progress" in negotiations on the country's nuclear program, but that Iran and a group of world powers did not yet have an agreement.
Zarif spoke to reporters in Lausanne, Switzerland, during a break in the talks, which continued for a second day past the original midnight Tuesday deadline for reaching a framework deal curbing Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief.
Zarif met for several hours early Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and experts from the Iranian and international delegations.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said late Wednesday that the two sides were making progress but "have not reached a political understanding."
If Iran and the group that includes the U.S., Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany agree on a framework, they would then proceed to crafting a final deal by a June 30 deadline.