Spokesman of Joint Accident Assessment Team in Yemen reviews results of team assessment

Tuesday 1440/1/15 - 2018/09/25
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Riyadh, Muharram 15, 1440, September 25, 2018, SPA -- Spokesman of the Joint Accident Assessment Team in Yemen, Mansour Al-Mansour, reviewed today the results of the 8 claims that were submitted by international organizations and the media regarding the mistakes made by the coalition forces to support legitimacy in Yemen during its military operations inside Yemen.
This came during a press conference held at King Salman Air Base in the central sector in Riyadh. The Legal Advisor addressed the cases according to the sequence adopted by the team, which is a continuation of cases that were previously evaluated and reported by the media, referring to the first cases with number 93, the letter of the national commission to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Yemen that included that on 18/02/2016 and during the intensification of confrontations in the directorate of Nahm, one of the families attempted to flee from the village of Milh. Coalition forces shelled the car they were traveling in. The car was destroyed killing 9 members of the family and their relatives and injuring 3 (N15 42 31.2 E044 35 30.6). According to the families of the victims and witnesses, the militias of Houthi and Saleh spread in the village of Milh directorate of Nahm which resulted in the escape of many residents, including those families who were bombed while trying to escape.
Mansour explained that the Joint Accident Assessment Team verified the incident and had access to all documents, including procedures and rules of engagement, a schedule of daily tasks, a post-mission report, and space imagery and based on the principles and provisions of international humanitarian law and customary rules, the evidence showed that on 18 February 2016, as members of the armed Huthi militia advanced to Nahm and at the request by the front air control to target an armed vehicle belonging to the armed Houthi militia where the verification levels and its destruction achieves a military advantage, according at (3:00 AM) on Thursday (18/02/2016), the coalition forces carried out an air mission on the armed vehicle using a guided bomb that hit the target. After reviewing the documents related to the air mission, it was found that the target is 1600 meters away from the coordinates by the national commission of (the house) under the claim and the review of the schedule of daily tasks for the day before the claim and the day after it (17-19 / 02/2016), the joint team found that there was no air missions on the village Milh.
In light of this, the Joint Team concluded that the coalition forces did not target the vehicle and the soundness of the actions taken by the Coalition Forces in dealing with the legitimate military objective (armed vehicle) in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules.
In the case of 94, the Spokesman of the Joint Accident Assessment Team in Yemen stated that with regard to the letter of the national commission of inquiry into allegations of human rights violations issued on 03/04/2018 including that the coalition air on 10112017 bombed the building of (Ministry of Defense) and the fall of a rocket on Al-Sa'adi neighborhood adjacent to the ministry, which led to the damage of a number of houses and their falling on their residents and wounding 23 civilians at the coordinates (N15.347551 E044.215448).
Al-Mansur reported that the joint accident assessment team verified the incident and had access to all the documents and the evidence revealed to the joint team that the building of the Ministry of Defense, the site of the claim, is in Sana'a directorate in the capital Sana'a and on the basis of intelligence information that a group of high-level Houthi leaders were located in a specific location inside the Ministry of Defense building, at 10:30 pm on Friday (10/11/2017), coalition forces carried out an aerial mission on the target, using two guided bombs, one hitting the target and the other deviated and accidentally landed on a house close to the Ministry of Defense because of a technical defect in aircraft systems.
In light of this, the Joint Accident Assessment Team has concluded the safety of the actions taken by the coalition air force in dealing with the legitimate military objective (Ministry of Defense) in accordance with international humanitarian law and its customary rules. The Joint Team believes it is appropriate that the coalition states provide assistance for the loss of human life and material damage caused by the accidental fall of the bomb on a home close to the Ministry of Defense due to a technical defect in the aircraft systems.
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