Rights Group Urges US to Probe Civilian Deaths in Yemen Raid

In this frame grab from video, residents inspect a house that was damaged during a Jan. 29, 2017 US raid on the village of Yakla, in Yemen. (AP Photo)
In this frame grab from video, residents inspect a house that was damaged during a Jan. 29, 2017 US raid on the village of Yakla, in Yemen. (AP Photo)

CAIRO — A prominent international human rights organization has urged the U.S. government to open an investigation into the deaths of civilians, including children, in a U.S. assault in Yemen.

The Jan. 29 raid in Yakla, in central Yemen, also left one U.S. Navy Seal dead and six American soldiers wounded. A military aircraft suffered a hard landing and had to be destroyed in the assault, which took place days after President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Human Rights Watch says in its Friday report that at least nine children were among the slain civilians. A hospital director also said that the wounded had no access to medical care for hours.

The U.S. needs to "go a step further and provide a full accounting of possible laws-of-war violations," said HRW terrorism director Nadim Houry.

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