The airstrikes are largely focused on the mountainous areas of Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan. In December 2010, Channel 4 News spoke to witnesses on the ground who said that women and children had perished in the bombing raids, as well as rebel fighters.
Now a detailed study by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) has been published containing new figures on civilian casualties. Its findings suggest the number of ordinary people killed could be 40 per cent higher than previously reported and that as many as 168 children have died since the strikes began.
Commenting on the findings, Unicef said: "Even one child death from drone missiles or suicide bombings is one child death too many. "Children have no place in war, and all parties should do their utmost to protect children from violent attacks at all times." More >>>