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Yemen's lawmakers on Sunday gave their thumbs up to banning U.S. counterterrorism operations using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. The ban comes just after the United States pumped more resources into the Yemeni military and police forces to fight terrorists.

The Yemeni government reacted to reports that collateral damage in the battle against Islamists included dozens of civilians killed by drones, according to Middle Eastern news organizations.

Yemen's leaders said that protecting innocent civilians from airstrikes is necessary to preserve justice and that nation's sovereignty.

The Yemeni parliament's decision on Sunday comes just three days after a U.S. UAV accidentally attacked a Muslim wedding convoy on Thursday, an attack that left 18 civilians dead and 21 others wounded.

Unfortunately, that mission was the second airstrike mishap in the same week. In a UAV mission on Monday four allegedly innocent people were killed by the drone.

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have intensified drone strikes on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula since the current president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadhi, became Yemen's leader.

This latest incident was a response to an al-Qaeda attack on Yemen's defense minister's headquarters that killed about 60 people and injured hundreds more.

Human rights groups are repeatedly accusing the U.S. military and the CIA of violating international law and at times committing war crimes against the Yemeni people.

On the same day as the parliament's vote to end U.S. drone strike, a Japanese diplomat was stabbed by armed men in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Sunday after he resisted a kidnapping attempt near the Japanese embassy.

The diplomat survived the attack after he managed to drive his car into the embassy, police sources told Xinhua.



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