Iran has rejected Israeli accusations that it was involved in the attack, calling the allegations "baseless" and an attempt by Israel to "divert attention from facts".
The US military says early indications "clearly point" to a drone strike on the Mercer Street, a ship managed by an Israeli billionaire.
Agnes Callamard says the US drone strike that resulted in an "arbitrary killing" violated the UN charter.
There are innumerable accounts from local sources and media as well as rights organisations that contradict the US claim.
Soleimani was well known for maintaining a low profile and moving with a tight security detail and yet the US had precise coordinates to bump him off.
Following the capture, Saudi Crown Prince said the kingdom does not want war in the region but hesitate to deal with any threat to its people or sovereignty
Saudi Arabia says its military intercepted five drones which it claims were launched by the Houthi rebels to target the kingdom.
Qatar’s foreign ministry said that Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani received an invitation from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to attend two emergency summits in Mecca, a week after Qatar said it had not been invited to the summits.
The US has for years hidden its armed drone programme behind a veil of secrecy and President Trump has now stopped whatever little public disclosure remained.
Military spending has increased in several countries of the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Iran. China uses the opportunity to flood their markets with cheap drones, as proxy-wars rage in the region.
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